Noooo! That was the sound heard around North America today, as thousands of excited potential beta testers ran to their computers only to find out Final Fantasy XIV open beta has been postponed.
The closed beta phase for Final Fantasy XIV had ended on Wednesday the 25th, and Square Enix had announced via twitter that the next phase, open beta, would commence on August 31st, however that seems not to be the case.
The official beta site had this to say:
FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test Postponed
FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test, which is scheduled to begin at 19:00 (PDT) on Aug. 31, 2010, will be postponed due to a confirmation of critical bugs. New schedule will be releaseï½„ at a later date.
Along with the postponement of FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test, the issuing of registration code for FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test will be postponed as well. With the download of client software's installer, it will be suspended at 19:00 (PDT) on Aug. 31, 2010.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
It is unclear what the “critical bugs” are, or when the open beta will be made available, but what is more troublesome is that this cannot bode well for the scheduled release date of September 30th. The questions that beg asking are: Will the release date be delayed? Or, will the game be released with these critical bugs? Or, can they fix it in time?
Neither the company's website, nor third party vendors such as Amazon, have adjusted the release date, but having participated in numerous beta testings for a number of games I know, “critical bugs” preventing an open beta this close to the release date is not a good sign.
Even with this delay, the anticipation for Final Fantasy XIV, has not wained. With A persistent, evolving world, immersive storylines, and cutting edge HD-quality, real-time cutscenes there is no question that there will be a huge splash into the MMO market.
What do you think is going to happen to the planned release date? Are you trying to get into the open beta? Were you in the closed beta and maybe know what these “critical bugs” are? Let us know!