Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's Director Naoki Yoshida announced Phase 3 of the MMO's beta would be delayed until "early June." At this point of time in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's development it's time, yet again, for the tough questions. Is it good that Square Enix appears to feel completely comfortable taking as much development time as necessary to get the game into condition for launch, or should player be worried about the game's continued small delays?
According to the game's beta schedule, optimally Phase 3 could have started in March -- worst case, the schedule set Phase 3 up to start in early May. Unfortunately, not only has Square Enix not met this schedule, but's seen small delays up to this point in addition to this relatively big one just announced.
Phase 3, let's be fair, is a big jump. The beta will be introducing the game to PlayStation 3 players as well as giving access to a majority of the game's early content. Up until now only a single starting city (Gridania) and three starting classes have been available. More content, more problems.
Hopefully the issue is just that Square Enix is having a tough time prepping the MMO for a beta on the PlayStation 3. After all, consoles aren't known for working well with MMOs of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's scope and structure. Or MMOs at all, for that matter. Yoshida promises open beta will, "come as soon as possible afterwards," referring to Phase 3. Our schedule says Phase 3 should take between 3-5 weeks... but the schedule hasn't been reliable yet.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn reboots the original MMO with completely new controls, gameplay, and, well... mostly everything. It's coming to PC and PS3, and will come out... eventually.