Final Fantasy XIV Confirms Xbox Series X|S Open Beta Test Dates

    Available to new players only.

    Square Enix announced the Final Fantasy XIV Xbox Series X|S open beta test will begin on February 21. According to Square Enix, this open beta test will be available to new players only.

    During Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2023, head of Xbox Phil Spencer was on stage with producer Naoki Yoshida to reveal the new Xbox Series X|S version. This new version will support cross-play with all existing versions. Unsurprisingly, the Xbox Series X|S version include faster loading and 4K support, similarly to the PS5 version. 

    Final Fantasy XIV Xbox Series X|S Open Beta Test Start Time

    The Final Fantasy XIV Xbox Series X|S open beta test will begin on February 21 at 12:00 a.m. PDT. It will be exclusive to new players, so those who already have the Free Trial version or played Final Fantasy XIV on another platform will be unable to use their account to play the open beta. 

    The open beta test will start at the following times:

    • Pacific Daylight Time: 12:00 a.m. PDT
    • Mountain Daylight Time: 1:00 a.m. MDT
    • Central Daylight Time: 2:00 a.m. CDT
    • Eastern Daylight Time: 3:00 a.m. EDT
    • Greenwich Mean Time: 8:00 p.m. GMT

    It’s also worth noting that the Free Trial version and open beta test will not require an Xbox Game Pass (Core or Ultimate) subscription to play. However, Square Enix notes the full Xbox Series X|S version will require an Xbox Game Pass Core or Ultimate subscription to play. Square Enix plans to release the full version right after the open beta test concludes in spring. 

    Players will embark on a new adventure in the continent of Tural in the Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail expansion this summer. Erenville and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn will join the Warrior of Light into this new land, but a new “contest” will divide the Scions into two opposing groups. Players must adapt to the unfamiliar terrain, make new allies, and discover the truth behind the conflict for the Mamool Ja throne in the new expansion. 

    Lastly, Final Fantasy XIV and the latest expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, are available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. The Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail expansion launches in summer 2024 on the aforementioned platforms.

    Soul Kiwami
    Soul Kiwami
    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Managing Editor of Final Weapon and a Games Writer at Game Rant with four years of writing and editing experience. Raul is passionate about the Japanese gaming industry, and he's a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs, and fighting games. business email: [email protected] | Muck Rack:

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