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 Promotiona
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?