Attention Final Fantasy XIV beta testers - I've just heard from our inside source that the Final Fantasy XIV open beta, scheduled to begin at 7pm PDT today, will be postponed until tomorrow. Moreover, previous beta testers will now need to acquire a new key for the open beta.
Square's official word on the situation:
Acquisition of Registration Code for the Open Beta Test
We have an important announcement to the testers who have participated in FINAL FANTASY XIV Closed Beta Test.
Between 19:00 and 19:50 (PDT) on Sep. 1, 2010, an incorrect notice saying "Participants of closed beta test do not need to obtain new registration code for the open beta test." was being made on FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test Application Site.
Participants of closed beta test also need to obtain and register dedicated registration code for the open beta test. Please follow the directions listed in the mail "Guide to the FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test," which was sent to the participants of closed beta test on Aug. 31, 2010, and obtain the registration code from FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test Application Site.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Though you won't hear this from Square, I hear that a snafu occurred while updating the back end of the Square Enix account management system that rendered every current or previous beta access key invalid and is preventing the issuing of new beta keys for the open beta, already delayed from its intended launch on September 1.
More publicly, eager beta testers overwhelmed the beta test site, rendering it inaccessible to most - Square has now temporarily stopped accepting beta applications. Our insider expects the process to resume more smoothly sometime tomorrow. Follow the Twitter feed for the North American beta test for word of a fix.