|Posted by Wyne on June 20, 2013 at 6:40 AM|
Square-Enix recently announced an official release date for FFXIV: ARR, citing August 27th as the kick off date for the 2.0 version of the Final Fantasy XIV. Legacy players from the original 1.0 release of the game that have FFXIV service accounts receive the game for free, and some benefits will be provided in the way of pre-order bonuses for original 1.0 Collector Edition owners. It's been stated that the Phase 3 Beta kicks off tomorrow (6/14).
Throughout the Phase 3 Beta, I will be compiling information regarding the FFXIV branch of Historia Infinitive. One important fact I want to get out as soon as possible is which server the Linkshell will be on, mainly because IIRC PH3 and/or Open Beta characters will not be wiped (I think it's Open Beta, but I'm not 100%), and when players start I want to be sure they can roll on the right server if they plan on joining the LS.
It's likely that the FFXIV branch of the LS will be a little more active at the release of FFXIV, but as things calm down, I'm expecting to see a more consistent split in populations between games. If things are a little slow in FFXI, fear not...I'm sure those that are sticking with FFXI will be back in due time (myself included).
Update: To clarify, I've gathered some information about bonus items. Visit HERE for all the details. Those who purchased FFXIV 1.0 Collectors Edition will receive FFXIV:ARR Collectors Edition bonus items via in-game Mog Letter(s). This includes: Helm of Light, Baby Behemoth Minion, Behemoth Barding, and Coeurl Mount. 1.0 CE owners will NOT have to enter a pre-order registration code, or upgrade to digital CE for FFXIV:ARR.
I am curious if Square-Enix is going to offer a discounted subscription cost for those of us that will have active FFXI and FFXIV:ARR services. I'll do some digging and find out.