Square Enix announced the scheduled grand finale for FINAL FANTASY XIV, as the Seventh Umbral Era descends on Eorzea and a realm becomes reborn.
This event signifies the conclusion of FINAL FANTASY XIV’s current story and the beginning of A Realm Reborn. Character data from the current version will be saved for the last time on October 31, 2012, followed by all Worlds coming down at midnight, November 11, 2012 (Pacific Standard Time). Saved character data will be transferred to A Realm Reborn.
Also starting today, Square Enix has begun the first of four alpha testing phases for FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn to test the fundamental mechanics of the revamped title. Each phase will consist of multiple cycles of “test and tweak.” Players with an active FINAL FANTASY XIV account are invited to apply to become a tester. Full details on the application are available at http://entry.ffxiv.com/alpha/index_na.html.