Overall the beta test seems like a terrible waste of time both for the people behind it and the selected testers but I am able to bring you some news about what will be coming out to accompany new and old mmo players for Final Fantasy XIV. Square have created a "Players Site" which will alows players to connect more easily after reading the features (See below) it seems like a myspace/facebook type of site for FF XIV.
View your character's profile, write a blog, and follow other users.
The most recent posts to the Players' Site—as well as comments to your blog—are displayed on your top page.
- Character Profile
View your character's data.
Character name (World name) / Race / Class / Nameday / Guardian / Starting City / Physical Level / Experience / Points / HP / MP / TP / Attributes (STR, INT, etc.) / Elements / Skill List
Maintain a blog with entries of your adventures and escapades.
See what other users on the Players' Site have been writing about in their blogs.
*A log of the posts by players you are following will be displayed under "Posts" in the Follow section of your page.
- Account Settings
Select the character you wish to use the site with, upload images, and more.
Use this helpful feature to find characters and blogs on the Players' Site.
- Character Pages
View other player's character profiles and blogs, and see who they're following.
This seems like a great idea for people keeping in touch with each other outside of the game, as a play of Square's previous online effort; Final Fantasy XI. I can say that it was extremely hard to keep in touch and plan things, now if they add a feature messaging feature that'll also notify players in-game such as "Hey you playing today? want to go raid that huge dungeon we saw last time?" that would be pretty cool, but for now who knows how this will turn out as the beta has seem to have fallen flat on it's face.
If you're not on the beta and want me to try forward something on, an idea or feature you'd like to see just leave me a comment below!