Square Enix just made the installer for the upcoming open beta test of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn available for download. You can find it here and and you can start downloading the package before the open beta starts on August the 17th for everyone and August the 16th for those that took part in the closed beta..
Unfortunately, while the installer can be downloaded and the launcher can be updated, the full client will be in “maintenance mode” until August the 15th, preventing you to actually update it. That’s a pity, since making the full client available would have saved a lot of time to those with a slower connection, but most probably they decided to handle it this way to avoid granting full access to the game’s assets to the usual industrious data miners.
The download of the installer weights 107 megabytes, but you’ll need 20 gigabytes free on your hard disk for the full installation (on August the 15th), plus two gigabytes in your my documents folder and one in the drive containing your Windows installation.
Only the PC version of the client has been made available today, while the PS3 version will be downloadable at a later date.
It’s important to mention that those that took part to the closed beta will have to uninstall the closed beta client and install the new one, as the old one won’t work. If you want to read all the details about the open beta you can find them here, while you can read my hands-on preview of the closed beta, topped with its 723 screenshots.