FFXIV:ARR Open Beta, Early Access, & Release Questions

Open Beta, Early Access, Legacy, and Collector’s Edition Overview

 With Beta 4 of FFXIV just around the corner, a number of players, new and old, are starting to ask questions about the upcoming relaunch of FFXIV: A Realm Reborn.

[Edit 21-Aug] Early Access

Early Access registration should have started on 20-Aug, however the server was slammed and the process didn’t seem to be working.  The site does now seem to be working as of 21-Aug.  The address for the Early Access registration is:  http://preorder.na.finalfantasyxiv.com/  It does require you to setup a “social account”  this account will allow you to enter your preorder code (does not have to connect to your billing account).  It will look like:  XXXXXX – ### – XXXXXX -###.   If, after entering your code, you get an error 3 – Keep trying, it will work.  I was able to get mine in after an error by just opening a new window and trying a second time.  This is the same thing that happened with Ryahl.  They are saying you can just hit submit again, but it didn’t work for me, so that is unconfirmed.  Once you get this code registered correctly, the screen will show a 20-digit Early Access Code.  This will be the code you use to gain accesss to the Early Access, click on the link that says:

  • Alternatively, please go here to redeem the code.

This link will take you to the log-in page, you can put in your 20 digit code at this time.  Once that is finished you will be ready for Early Access on Aug 24th.

If you have not yet received your Preorder code, you should contact your pre-order location to determine where your code is.  Amazon.com should have sent your code when you pre-ordered.  Search for “Amazon.com Promotional Code” in your inbox (that should be the subject of the email).

Additionally, Early Access starts on August 24th at 2am PDT.



Awhile ago, Square Enix released its beta roadmap.  At this point, we are completed with the Beta 3 stage, and are waiting for the Beta 4 stage.  Beta four will be the open beta for FFXIV:ARR, it will begin on 17-Aug and end on 18-Aug.  People who had access to Beta 3 will be able to start a day earlier on 16-Aug.

During this period, Square Enix will release a number of new systems to the game.  This includes:  The Arcanist Class, the Wolf’s Den (formerly Coliseum) PVP, Player Housing (stress testing the La Noscea region), and fishing!

Beta 4 will be capped at level 20, but should be a complete game experience.  This includes all classes, all content, and voice acted cutscenes.

While the systems are interesting the main questions for a number of people are:

  • How do I get into the beta?
  • What is the Early Access and how is that different than the Open Beta?
  • What is a Legacy Account/Server, and does it apply to me?
  • How does my 1.0 account affect my access to the relaunch?
  • If I had a Collectors Edition from 1.0, what does that mean for 2.0?
  • How does the PS3 fit into the mix?
  • I never claimed my 1.0 code after buying the game.  Can I still register it?

In this guide we are going to go through each of these questions and do our best to explain how each applies to you.

How do I get into the beta?

Gaining access to the beta is fairly simple.  Square Enix has provided on their site a link to the open beta signup.  You can use this link to access the beta sign up.   However, Square recently released notifications that all beta applications must be submitted by Monday, July 22, 2013 in order to receive initial access to Beta 4 (Open Beta).  On July 22nd, the registration system will go down, and codes will be issued from those who apply.  All codes must be redeemed by Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 9:59 p.m. (PDT).

At this point, if you still have not received your open beta code, you must wait until the start of Beta 4 and reapply for the beta at that time.

What is the Early Access and how is that different than the Open Beta?

After the end of the Open Beta (Beta 4) there will be a short downtime followed by the Early Access period.  Early access begins on 24-Aug and runs through 27-Aug.  On 27-Aug the live game begins, there will be no (extended) downtime between early access and launch.

This Early Access period will not include all players who had access to the open beta!

There are a couple different ways to gain access to the Early Access.  If you were a FFXIV 1.0 Legacy character, you automatically have Early Access access.  Otherwise Early Access is restricted to players with preorder codes for ARR.


How do i get a preorder code and where do I enter it?

In order to get a preorder code you must preorder the game at a site that is offering codes.

This means you could preorder the:

  • Digital Download PC Standard Edition
  • Physical PC Collectors Edition (Sold Out)
  • Digital Download Collectors Edition (in-game items only)
  • PS3 Standard Edition
  • PS3 Collectors Edition (limited availability)

Which version you chose it up to you, and is dependent on what you want from the game.

In my case, I was looking for the least expensive option for preorder (since I already have a Collectors Edition of 1.0), so I decided to purchase the FFXIV:ARR PS3 Standard Edition from Amazon.com which also granted me a $10 credit to Amazon.com.  This made the game cost $29 for the standard PS3 edition.  I decided the unopened PS3 version would be of more use to me then a basic Digital Download code.  (The least expensive I have seen the Digital Download uses a discount code for 20% off $29 (ie, $24) at Greenman Gaming, however that special is scheduled to end soon).

If you are interested in upgrading to the Collectors Edition, you can upgrade to the digital collectors edition at release.  The physical PC Collectors Edition is no longer available.  You may successfully find the PS3 Collectors Edition, however it is sold out at most locations.

Currently preorder code registration is not yet implemented.  Square Enix will open it at a future date.


What is a Legacy Account/Server, and does it apply to me?

Any account from FFXIV 1.0 that was a paid subscriber for three consecutive months prior to the start of the closed beta considered a Legacy account.  These accounts have special perks, including discounted subscription rate, a unique mount, and automatic acceptance to the open beta and Early Access.

Legacy Servers are the servers where the 1.0 characters have been placed.  If you wish to play your FFXIV 1.0 character, you will need to play on a Legacy server (Legacy servers are NOT limited to Legacy accounts.  You can play brand new characters on legacy servers, if you wish).  A list of servers, as well as region and legacy status can be found on our Social Recruitment Network.


How does my 1.0 account affect my access to the relaunch?

If you purchased FFXIV at its initial launch, you do not have to purchase the full game again.  However, if you wish you play during the Early Access and are not a Legacy account, you will need to get your hands on a Preorder key.

All FFXIV accounts from the initial release will also be granted free game time at the release of FFXIV:ARR.  This time period begins on the 27-Aug launch and ends on 9-Sep.  After that time, your 1.0 account will only remain active if you are a subscriber to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.


If I had a Collectors Edition from 1.0, what does that mean for 2.0?

All FFXIV 1.0 CE accounts will be given the in-game items awarded to the FFXIV:ARR CE accounts.  However, if you wish to receive the physical items from the 2.0 collectors edition, you will need to find a way to acquire the PS3 Collector’s edition (limited quantity, sold out at most locations)


How does the PS3 fit into the mix?

FFXIV:ARR will be playable on the PC and PS3 concurrently.  Players of both types are combined on the same servers.  If you have a PC copy of the game and want to also play it on a PS3, the Lodestone addresses this question:

Customers who own a copy of FFXIV version 1.0 and wish to use their account on the PlayStation 3 version will need to purchase a copy of the PlayStation 3 version. It will then be possible to use your characters on either platform by tying your existing service account to the PlayStation 3 version upon launching it for the first time. However, please note that your account will only be able to log into one platform at a time.


I never claimed my 1.0 code after buying the game.  Can I still register it?

Yes!  Registration codes from the initial release of FFXIV are still valid and can be registered for game access once registration reopens.


Still not sure which version you want?

There has been a useful flowchart passed around /r/ffixv, check it out and it might help you decide! (source)







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29 Responses to FFXIV:ARR Open Beta, Early Access, & Release Questions

  1. Central Scrutinizer says:

    1. Are Beta-3 players automatically enrolled into Beta-4 or do they have to re-apply?

    2. Will the downloaded Collector’s Edition contain digital versions of the artwork & soundtrack?

    • Ryahl says:

      1. Beta-3 should automatically have access to Beta-4.

      2. I believe the Digital Collectors Edition and Physical Collectors Edition have completely separate perks attached.

  2. Egger says:

    I applied to the Open Beta a couple of days ago and still received no answer (i.e. a registration code).
    Does that mean already that I didn’t make it into the Beta(which I thought was “open”)? Or I might even get the email throughout these days till July 30 at the very most?

    • Ryahl says:

      I am unaware of any new run of beta-4 emails. I would wait a bit longer. It is quite likely that the next wave of invites won’t go out until after the registration deadline ends.

  3. TonetzuTony says:

    OK im still a little confused.
    I was in Beta phase 3, I applied for the beta code got the code and played in beta phase 3. I’m now seeing all the info for phase 4. I went to the site to sign up for the beta phase 4 but it says that i was already signed up, I thought that was it but I see here that i should get an email with an invite to phase 4(opened beta). I just want to knwo if i have to do anything else.

  4. PixelBurst says:

    Anyone in the UK Game.co.uk still has the physical PC CE as of this message!

  5. kyle says:

    i preordered a playstation ce from gamestop. no codes on the receipt. though they advertise in store that ill have early access. what info you got on that?

    • AelaAela says:

      From what I understand, it should have been on the receipt. According to someone on reddit that works there, you should return to the store (with your receipt) and get them to print you a code.

  6. Eduardo says:

    I missed the date to register my code for the open beta, my e-mail put it in the spams and I just saw it today.
    Does it mean I won´t be abble to play the open beta or will I be able to apply after it has started?

    • AelaAela says:

      As I understand it, I believe the codes all expired a few days ago. They said you would need to reapply once the application process opens up again. If i were you I would (1) Try and put in the code now, to see if it works. If it doesn’t apply, (2) Then register for the Beta4 once it opens up again. (3) Once they start allowing keys again, try and put your old key in (and wait for a new key).

  7. ali says:

    thx for ur info
    i got this msg on 27 july

    Thank you for signing up for the FFXIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Test on PlayStation 3!

    To make sure you’re prepared for the upcoming final beta test, we wanted to let you know that we’ll soon be sending you a PlayStation 3 promotion code that will grant you access. You won’t need to sign up again, so just hang tight and we’ll deliver your code to you before the test begins!

    The schedule for the final beta test will be announced at a later date on the FFXIV: ARR Beta tester forums and on other official channels.

    We look forward to seeing you in FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn!

    and i didnt got any new msg

    do i need to wiat ?

    • Ryahl says:

      Yep, you are in the same boat as the rest of us now – waiting.

      Although you still need to get the code, but that’s probably coming out next week.

  8. ghgh4545 says:

    what if they sent me the email that i have been selected (27th july) but i havent received a code?

    • Ryahl says:

      I am not certain that those codes (for people being admitted for a first time to Beta-4) have been sent. The client is not yet available for download, I would imagine your code will be sent out closer to when you can actually use it. I’d be patient for a few days, but check with SE support if you haven’t heard anything by Tuesday.

  9. leon bernertt says:

    I was able to play through phase 2, that’s it :I.. if any way,
    please tell me how to play through phase 4

    • Ryahl says:

      No one has details on phase-4 yet, I’m sorry to say. We should know more around the middle of this week. If you were in P2 you should have had access to P3 and P4. If you didn’t, you probably need to talk to SE technical or account support (probably account support).

  10. Lastwriter says:

    Looks like I’m in the same boat as you. FFXIV CE 1.0, non-legacy. So I’ll be doing the same as you and getting the digital download standard (PC not PS3). I was curious if you knew whether we will get the 1.0 CE in-game bonus items (the Onion Helm and Garlond Goggles) on new characters, as well as the FFXIV:ARR CE bonus items, once it goes live?


  11. Cynthia says:

    Hi. You said, “If you purchased FFXIV at its initial launch, you do not have to purchase the full game again. However, if you wish you play during the Early Access and are not a Legacy account, you will need to get your hands on a Preorder key.” Is there any news about how to get my hands on one?

    • Ryahl says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      We bought PS3 copies for ours. Amazon has them, but I think they are holding back on releasing pre-orders. Most gaming locations are selling the pre-orders, you should be able to pick one up still.

  12. ali says:

    i got the code today
    i run to the ps3 to download it
    and it was broken -_____-

  13. ghgh4545 says:

    just found out, it has to be an US psn account, or at least it cant be a UK psn account

  14. Ani says:

    I received a beta invite on July 11th for PC. Didnt notice the email until a couple days ago >_<
    so ill have to wait until the 17th to play in the beta? as opposed to the 16?

    • Ryahl says:

      I can’t give a definite answer on that. My hunch is that you’re not in until the 17th, but it’s worth trying tomorrow all the same.

  15. Adam says:

    Do legacy members need to register again?

  16. Frost says:

    This may seem an idiot question but I have yet to find a definitive answer for it.

    I purchased FFXIV when it first launched, I played the beta on my PS3 not my PC, how do I get ARR for my PC? I know it’ll be a “free upgrade”, but how do I go about it? Is there a download link? Do I need the beta launcher that will then update relevant information when the game is released? (I’ve tried downloading the launcher but it says something about maintenance). Any help appreciated!

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