The latest edition of Letter from the Producer has been published on the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn forum. In it, the reasons behind alpha testing are revealed as players get ready to dive into the latest iteration of the game.
The Restriction on Tester Numbers
As you already know, our primary objective for the Alpha Test is to conduct stress tests on the servers. For this reason, as yet there aren’t a lot of things for players to do in the game. Alpha versions of a game typically feature unrefined graphics, with many UI elements still provisional. There aren’t any scenarios or quests to undertake, and the focus is on engaging in battles in large groups.
Read the full letter on the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn forum.