When we heard about Final Fantasy XIV earlier this year, we idly wondered if the game would actually be on store shelves in the US about the same time as Final Fantasy XIII .
After all, FFXIII had a June 21, 2010 release according to GameStop (although we still believe it'll launch sooner ), and FFXIV was simply said to have a "TBA 2010" estimated release. Well, a lot of that is still up in the air, especially as far as North America is concerned, but we do know one thing: according to leaked scans from the latest edition of Jump magazine, we learn that beta codes for FFXIV will be included in Japanese versions of FFXIII. The latter releases in mid-December in Japan, which makes us believe the beta will kick off not much later and further makes us wonder if multiple regions will participate in the test. Being the MMO that it is, Square-Enix would be wise to allow as many people as possible into this upcoming beta; we won't have the benefit of FFXIII's availability, but maybe there are other ways we could get into the testing…?
Oh, and those scans also show Hope's summon, Alexander. Fans of the franchise will certainly remember him; he has been a fixture in the series for quite a while.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV