Many fans of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn are waiting eagerly for the announcement about the start date of the open beta, but until today we really had very few clues on when it’ll happen.
Today the beta registration site ousted what should be the most probable day in which the open beta will begin: August the 17th. On the site you can now read:
Beta registration is scheduled to begin August 17, 2013.
When the deadline for registrations was announced, the official Lodestone website had a notice that said the following:
On the above date and time, the Beta Tester Application Site will be temporarily closed and will reopen when Beta Test phase 4 (final Beta Test) begins.
Looking at the two notices and putting two and two together, logic dictates that phase 4 (which will be the open beta) should begin on August the 17th. Of course it’s not mentioned explicitly, so for now we’ll have to handle it as a hot rumor.
That said, let’s hope to hear an official announcement soon. If the August the 17th date proves to be true, the open beta phase will be extremely short. Preorder slips state that early access will last seven days. Considering that the game will release on August the 27th, three days of open beta seem a little on the brief side.
While we wait, you can check out my hands-on preview of the closed beta, topped by 723 yummy screenshots.
Update: The message has since been removed and replaced, as reported here.