As of June 13th, NDA has been lifted but beta test Phase 3 Test 1 does not begin until 2am PST on Friday June 14th. Personally, I’d like to test out new characters, new areas and post on content available to us in Phase 3. Originally I had intended to write a long, in-depth review of the previous phases of beta but after reading the large list of changes and responses to player feedback which the devs posted on beta forums, I’ve decided to wait until Phase 3 starts. Instead, I’ve posted some more detailed thoughts and feedback here.
NDA is not lifted for video, audio and the more detailed Beta forum information so unfortunately I’ll not be able to share those. I will be posting screenshots whenever I get the chance to do a write up during Phase 3. My initial plan to stream gameplay is now pushed off till Phase 4 (I assume full NDA lift will be for Phase 4).
I am trying to determine if I can post screenshots from previous version of test, purely to compare the lighting (a LOT has changed) and graphics, weaponskill effects, emotes etc. Some users have posted this question on the forums so hopefully we’ll receive a community rep response soon.
In the mean time we should all enjoy the last day of XIV presence at E3 with this Square Enix Live Stream. The following is the schedule for the day and I’ll highlight the XIV portions with some notes on content:
9:45 a.m. – Day 3 Opening
10:00 a.m. – Square Enix Members Exclusive Interview: Deus Ex: Human Revolution The Director’s Cut
10:30 a.m. – Perfecting the Art of Play – Behind Square Enix Products
11:00 a.m. – Jam Dat Turbo @ Square Enix
11:30 a.m. – Murdered: Soul Suspect Theater Walkthrough
12:00 p.m. – Future of Final Fantasy Press Conference Recap
12:30 p.m. – Square Enix Members Exclusive Interview: Deus Ex: The Fall
1:00 p.m. – Square Enix Presents: E3 Trailer Lineup
2:00 p.m. – Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Producer Letter Live Part 2 (Community Rep Bayohne hinted at SCH details!)
3:00 p.m. – Square Enix Members Exclusive Interview: New iPhone / iPad Title (English / Japnaese)
3:30 p.m. – Crystal Dynamics Uncut
4:00 p.m. – Square Enix Presents: Community Contest
4:30 p.m. – Grand Finale