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  1. #21
    New news from Eorzeapedia via Zam...
    • Developers plan to have FFXIV support Windows 7, 64-bit systems, multicore processors and are trying to plan for how technology will have evolved by the game's release in 2010.
    • Beta testing will begin for Windows PCs only. They will be conducted as focus groups that last around 3-4 hours at a time. This will be to iron out every little detail of the game utilizing player feedback. The next stage will be weekly tests that last a full 24 hours. After this, they will begin to stress test the servers by adding people in increments - they will start at 10,000 and double the amount for each subsequent test. Finally, after expanding the pool of testers to their liking, a full open beta will be initiated.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by vwilsonuk View Post
    New news from Eorzeapedia via Zam...
    • Developers plan to have FFXIV support Windows 7, 64-bit systems, multicore processors and are trying to plan for how technology will have evolved by the game's release in 2010.
    Me likey this bit

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by vwilsonuk View Post
    Finally, after expanding the pool of testers to their liking, a full open beta will be initiated.[/LIST]

    I like this bit, if they handle it like the 360 beta it was well good! Free for 3 months then transfer to a retail server.

    Just hope i can get on it.

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by djtickle View Post
    I like this bit, if they handle it like the 360 beta it was well good! Free for 3 months then transfer to a retail server.
    That does sound good. Elsewhere in the article they say the betas will be just for windows machines to start off with, which is a bit frustrating for me.

  5. #25
    I would be very surprised if the beta follows the same rules of the 360 beta. Allowing people to carry over their characters to the existing servers wasn't a cause for any balance issues as we already had thousands of people at the level cap already.

    I would imagine that for a new game launch they will want everyone to be at the same level on day one (especially if the open beta is Windows users only which would be a massive disadvantage to PS3 players).

  6. #26
    Haven't had time to check the FFXIV sites for a while but I've taken a look today, and it seems like a real slow trickle of information now the autumn game shows have passed. Some commentators are even suggesting an end-2010 launch date Would give me more time to improve my nihongo but after all the recent promotion and inclusion in games magazines monthly it seems odd that they'd string it out for a whole year.

    Am also hoping they live up to their promises about making this game more flexible in terms of time demands; little and often is ok, but I don't really want to get sucked into a game that consumes my life again.

    In terms of hardware, since FFXI was so much stronger on PC than consoles am toying with getting a copy of Windows 7 for my year old "big" laptop now instead of a PS3, as I figure that'll be cheaper. But if it doesn't come out for another year I may have to upgrade, which would count against it

    Frustrating. Still... guess I'll have plenty of time to practice drawing with all the artwork and stills that are being released! How about you guys? What are your hopes/perspectives on this new game hype-machine...


    V

  7. #27
    ^You shouldn't need Windows 7 for FFXIV, and it's not likely to give any performance benefit.

    EDIT - Reading your earlier post, I wonder what they mean by 'Windows 7 support'. It's unlikely they'll bother with a 64-bit executable. It could end up being DX10/11 only, but that seems unlikely.

  8. #28
    According to a recent Shon Jump in Japan Final Fantasy XIII will contain a PS3 beta code for Final Fantasy XIV. There are photos online of the magazine announcement, I can't link to magazine photos/scans but if you copy what's quoted below and search for it on Google it's easy enough to find them.
    5 Responses to “FFXIII to include FFXIV beta code; Hope’s summon, Chocobos in leaked Jump scans”

  9. #29
    You shouldn't need Windows 7 for FFXIV, and it's not likely to give any performance benefit.
    Well that'd be good news... the hardware is my biggest worry really, the budget for everything is very, very small at the moment.

    According to a recent Shon Jump in Japan Final Fantasy XIII will contain a PS3 beta code for Final Fantasy XIV
    Ah yes, sorry should've mentioned that... here's the scans.

    Also there's some info in a January mag about the fighting classes (though I'm not sure if it adds anything beyond the official site atm).

    Really need to learn some game vocab soon so I can translate the Japanese materials.


    V

  10. #30
    Nice info hic, 2nd link doesn work for me

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