A golden rule in MMORPGs is that if your file structure is simple enough and you leave something that isn’t implemented in your game in those files, someone will data mine it and show it to the world, no question asked.
That seems to happen often with Square Enix’s MMOs. It happened with Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV, and now it’s happening with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn‘s Beta. A clever tester sniffed around the game’s files and found quite a lot of models that weren’t formally implemented in the beta.
In the gallery below you can see Garuda, Titan, a Hydra, the Demon Wall, a Behemoth, Ultima weapon, several monsters and quite a lot of spiffy never-seen-before equipment, including a few pieces for the yet unreleased Summoner job.
It’s important to specify that you won’t see primals and giant monsters in Gridania in the actual game. This is just a simple method to display data mined models: Basically the file for the model that needs to be displayed is copied and renamed as the file of the model it will replace, displaying it in the game even if the game isn’t supposed to show it.
One thing is for sure: the open beta can’t come soon enough, and while you wait don’t forget to read my hands-on preview of the closed beta, nicely decorated with a whopping 723 screenshots (no, there isn’t any data mined model in them, I’m afraid).