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As previously announced, archiving of data from the old Lodestone is scheduled for the near future. As part of this process, the old Lodestone will be closed on January 6, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. (PST), after which time users will no longer be able to log in to edit or delete their data.

Data to be archived includes user-generated content such as character biographies, past blog entries, linkshell profiles, and linkshell forums. Please be advised that archived blog entries and linkshell forum posts will only be viewable—even by the original author—if their status is set to "Public" in advance.

Review details of the Lodestone archiving.
In preparation for the release of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, the new Lodestone has gone live for official service!

All the latest news and game information related to FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn can be found on the new and improved Lodestone. Check out your in-game character stats and achievements, create blog entries, or even share what you're doing with friends via Facebook and Twitter.

The new Lodestone is your gateway to the community of Eorzea and beyond.

The new Lodestone
We’re proud to announce that the "Letter from the Producer LIVE Part VIII" video has been released!

If you weren’t able to watch the live stream, or if you just want to watch it again, take a look below.

Proceed to the thread.
Announcing the Starting Time of Early Access! (08/22/2013)
We are pleased to announce that Early Access for FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn will begin on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. (PDT)!

* Participants of Early Access are eligible to play straight into official service, which will begin on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
* Those who have either registered a pre-order code or fulfilled the requirements for Legacy status are eligible to participate in Early Access.
* The game client from Beta Test phase 4 (open beta test) can also be used as the game client for Early Access. You do not need to uninstall the Beta Test phase 4 client and install anything else.
We've released the third installment of our fan kit with even more amazing images from Eorzea!

Click here to download Fan Kit #3

Download Fan Kit #2
Download Fan Kit #1
A number of adjustments have been made to the names of items in FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Read on for details.

* Please be sure to also review previous topics relating to changes in FFXIV: ARR.
Changes to Existing Items and the Monetary System in FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn
Transferring Character Data to FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn
At long last, the final beta test has begun! This test is open to anyone who registers on the beta tester application site, so if you’re itching to try out FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Proceed to the Beta Tester Application Site.
*The final beta test will end on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. (PDT) / 5:00 a.m. (EDT)
In regards to the Windows® Vista and Windows® XP issue that has been mentioned, if the Windows update that took place on Jul. 11, 2013 was done, we are announcing the workaround for the opening cut scene of the Windows® version not playing properly below. We please ask you to take time to read them.

Read on for details.

For those who have the corresponding update , please follow the directions on the page above, and go through the uninstall procedure for the update.

*After uninstalling the security update, and to prevent from any security issues, please update your anti-virus software to the most recent version. Please be aware.

For the security updates that have the Windows® Vista and Windows® XP issue resolved, Microsoft is currently preparing for the release. We will notify once it has been released, so please be patient until then.
FINAL FANTASY XIV fans the world round, the forty-nineth Letter from the Producer has arrived for your viewing pleasure!

Pore over the complete letter.
Since the FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Tester Forum is unavailable due to congestion, the scope of beta test phase 4 has been posted on The Lodestone as a temporary measure. See here for more details.
Since the FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Tester Forum is unavailable due to congestion, patch notes for beta test phase 4 has been posted on The Lodestone as a temporary measure. See here for more details.