Critical bugs cleaning at Final Fantasy XIV postpones open beta

No, the bed bug infestation plaguing the rest of the country hasn’t reached Hydaelyn, but it seems “critical bugs” of the software nature are lurking in Final Fantasy XIV and the hunt for them has delayed the start of the FFXIV open beta, which was scheduled for Sept. 1.

In a statement in their official FFXIV open beta registration site, Square Enix did not say how long it will take them to spot–and eliminate–the said game bugs. Only that open beta testing, including registration, will be postponed in the meantime:

“FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test, which is scheduled to begin at 02:00 (GMT) on Sept. 1, 2010, will be postponed due to a confirmation of critical bugs. New schedule will be released at a later date.

Along with the postponement of FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test, the issuing of registration code for FINAL FANTASY XIV Open Beta Test will be postponed as well. With the download of client software’s installer, it will be suspended at 02:00 (GMT) on Sept. 1, 2010.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

With their biggest batch of testers yet jockeying up for a slot in the open beta, this preventive bug cleaning should ensure minimum errors while playing the game. It makes sense because aside from the rabid Japanese and hardcore Final Fantasy fans, the average casual player will be put off by server crashes and client malfunctions.

Better to cover all the bases and make the ride as smooth as possible for all of us, right? I’ll keep you all posted when a definite date has been set to resume the open beta and clues, if any, as to what these “critical bugs” might have been.

Update: ET Facebook fan Ric pointed me to an S12 thread poster who suggested that anti-virus compatibilities might be part of the problem. Thanks for the link!