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

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Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

Even if it's outside of Japan, count me out, I'm not a fan of FF MMORPG, I'm a fan of FF RPG.
I love FF mainly because of the story/


Last edited by Snaaaake on 11/6/2009 11:05:44 AM

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

This has probably been answered a number of times over but I am at work and have to step away from my desk soon so no time to check (i.e. I'm too lazy to check but not too lazy to write a damn paragraph to ask a simple question)

Will the Japanese release have any English in it at all, perhaps lending to the ease of an importation or do I have to suck it up and wait?

NeoHumpty
NeoHumpty
11 years ago

My understanding of it is that the delay of it coming to the states is mostly because they are still recording the voice work. I would assume that means there is little to no English in the Japanese version.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

I think S-E said that they had finished the English voice recording months ago, which doesn't mean they're done, since they have to edit and lip-synch, etc.

NeoHumpty
NeoHumpty
11 years ago

Giggidy. I'm officially overwhelmed by the next year's wealth of games.

convergecrew
convergecrew
11 years ago

Agreed. And then think of all the games that havent even been announced yet (and the holiday rush also).

frylock25
frylock25
11 years ago

Ben and Arnold, do you guys plan to review ff14 at all? i was lookin and didnt see anything for 11. i know its a mmo but just wondering if you guys planned on checkin it out. or if either of you guys are excited for that kind of game.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Gimme a monthly subscription price on 14. I suppose they will wait until the last second on that one.

frylock25
frylock25
11 years ago

i am sure it will be close to ff11 or WoW. probably around $15 a month. i cant see it being more than that. $10 a month would be better though

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

$10 would be best, but we have to take into account this is the all new MS-inspired money grubbing SE.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

i have never played a MMORPG, and because of this reason, i picked up the 360 FFXI Vana' Diel Collection just a few months ago, and try to get myself into this so called MMORPG, after two hours of upgrading the software, signing up an account, I played about an hour and it is boring to the death. I never went back and touched it till this day and I doubt I will ever touch it again.

Hence, as much as I want to see FF14 in graphics category, I dont know if there is anything else can attract me for this game or for the entire MMRPG genre. I will keep my eyes on it


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 11/6/2009 2:53:12 PM

frylock25
frylock25
11 years ago

same here dude. i bought xi when it came out on ps2 years ago played it for a little bit and gave up. waste of money wont do it again. im just not the online type i guess.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

i am not alone then. lets just keep the focus on the FF13 and v13 then. 😀

Jackyl
Jackyl
11 years ago

I'm not one for MMOs either. I find them fun for a bit but rather tiring with the senseless grinding. Plus a real lack of purpose due to the games not really having a storyline to follow. However, I'm getting excited by FFXIV as they are doing away with all that.

The word is it is designed less with leveling in mind than in following a story progression and most the exp is through questing.

It seems like they are really breaking their backs to marry the best parts of online gaming (the ability to play with others) with the best parts of single player titles (story driven play).

Also with an eye to facilitating solo play (although they have made a lot of changes in the last year to make soloing viable, FFXI, especially when it started, was murder without a party)

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

Oh how I wish the beta was for PS3 🙁

Jackyl
Jackyl
11 years ago

If the beta codes are for the Japanese PS3 release of FFXIII then they have to be for the PS3.