The latest beta test will also include cross-platform play.
The original launch of Square Enix's MMO Final Fantasy XIV went pretty badly. Badly enough that, according to game director Naoki Yoshida, another mishap like that could destroy the company. That's why they've decided to rework the game from the ground up, adding the A Realm Reborn moniker to the title and relaunching it this fall. While it's been in closed beta testing for a while now, a third beta is starting this weekend for PC and PS3 players.
This will be the third beta for A Realm Reborn and will focus on cross-platform play. That's right, both PS3 and PC players will adventure together on the same server. Interested players can sign up here. The beta will run for this weekend only, until Sunday at 10:00 am BST.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will completely overhaul the game, from the interface, combat and crafting systems, to the class system. More than just a patch, it aims to play substantially differently, while still keeping that Final Fantasy vibe. Newly added are the Full Active Timed Events, or FATEs, which are special, group events that function similarly to other events in Rift or Guild Wars 2. Nick Lalone over at Warcry has all the blow-by-blow details for those interested in more.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launches on both PC and PS3 August 27th.