The latest edition of the Final Fantasy XIV Producer's Letter has arrived on the official site. It's a lengthy discussion of what the team has been up to and includes news that the team is ready to start recruiting players for the alpha test of "A Realm Reborn", the overhauled game client that's set to debut later this year.
Since we’re almost ready for the alpha test for A Realm Reborn, we want to start recruiting players of the current version to assist us as alpha testers. Rather than looking at the actual gameplay, we’ll be asking players to cooperate with the dev team in things like server stress tests, as well as testing other fundamental mechanics of the game. You will be required to sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), and the experience will be a far cry from playing the finished product. Available characters, classes, levels, and game content itself will be limited, and testers are accepted strictly on a volunteer basis. Keep those details in mind when you sign up.
Read the full letter on the Final Fantasy XIV forum.