Troubled Square Enix pins what may be their last development cash on the appropriately titled Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a re-launch of the failed Final Fantasy XIV. Everything from shoddy development to a massive earthquake and tsunami has damaged this game and with it, the Final Fantasy brand as a whole. With Square Enix reporting "extraordinary losses," Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a metaphor or at least a dream for Square Enix to be reborn. Phase 3 Beta is scheduled to begin in June with a gold launch slated to be sometime in Summer 2013.
Naoki Yoshida, director of development for FFXIV, reported to forum goers about Square Enix's activities at their event in Japan - Niconico Chokaigi 2. First, he put an end to eternal delay rumors saying that FFXIV will see a release in Summer 2013 as planned. Yoshida went on to say that they will begin accepting preorders at the end of May.
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that invites you to explore the realm of Eorzea with friends from around the world.
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn lets you party up and adventure with a multitude of players from across the globe. Forge friendships, mount chocobos, and board airships as you and your companions create your own unique stories in Eorzea. All the classic elements from the series that you have come to know and love are waiting!
Set out alone or enlist the aid of friends as you undertake epic quests, battle familiar FINAL FANTASY monsters, and acquire unique abilities and equipment. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime to help reforge the fate of Eorzea!
Finally, he announced that phase 3 of their beta testing will begin in June. This phase will implement many of the suggestions players gave and it will most importantly incorporate the Playstation 3 during this time.
The content of this beta includes Ul'dah and Limsa Lominsa with a massive update of content including 100 hundred new FATE encounters, four more dungeons, more central storyline content, large, multi-party groups called grand companies, and more.
Naoki Yoshida knows that those of you who tested the game in phase 2 are going through withdrawal so he promises to do his best to get you your fix soon.
Source: Square Enix Forums