It’s Saturday. It’s 8am. The floodgates have opened, and our login servers are starting to grind their gears in earnest – the beta has started!
For those of you that have not yet discovered their way into the Realm of Eorzea, this is for you. If you’ve not downloaded the beta yet, just jump into the PlayStation Store to do so!
Your first steps
After you have logged in and updated the game, you can go straight to the character creation process. This is really straightforward – choose whatever suits you best! From hulking Roegadyn to tiny Lalafell, all is available to you.
Important: If you want to play with friends, you’ll want to make sure that you choose classes that start in the same city! It’s a long trip from city to city, until you can do the quest to get access to a new travel method at level 15.
While you work yourself through the introduction, you will be in an instance (a sealed-off area in the game) that only you are in. That’s normal – as soon as you have finished the first few quests, you will find yourself among tons of other players.
The game will introduce the controls to you- you’ll get used to it really quickly. While you’re on your own, play around with the controls as much as you like and get acquainted with them. Remember that you can use the PS4 touchpad like a mouse pointer, in case an open window bothers you!
As a general rule, try to follow the quests. FFXIV is very story focused, and the quests will lead you through the world.
How to find your friends
In the lower left corner, you can find the chat window. And through the Start Menu (or the Social-Button, if you chose to play with Mouse & Keyboard), you can find and invite old or new friends to your group!
Chatting and Chat commands
You will see Chats in many different colours. White shows people using /say – only people in close vicinity can read this. Yellow chat is someone using /yell, which reaches much farther – and finally, there’s /shout in red, which everyone on the map will see. There are other modes as well, which you will discover as you play the game and join Free Companies or Linkshells.
Chat commands always start with a slash /!
Of course, you can also use emotes, either through the menu or by typing them in. /dance is always very popular!
At level 10, you will be able to do a quest that allows you to change your classes however you wish. To unlock new classes, you will need to do an introductory quest of the guild offering the class. Since a lot of guilds are located in other cities, you’ll want to wait until you can gain access to the travel method connecting the cities at level 15
This should be all you need to get started!
Enjoy exploring the Realm of Eorzea. And thanks for helping us polishing the game for its release on the 14th April!