According to Yoshida, the development team is putting the finishing touches on the Final Fantasy XIV reboot's alpha version, which the team is hoping to roll out by the end of the month.
"There will not only be stress tests for the new servers' coding and hardware configurations, but also tests for what will be the backbone of the game's new system, which is why we're being very cautious with development," wrote Yoshida.
Yoshida also revealed the results of a recent poll asking players if they would want to keeping playing the original version of Final Fantasy XIV once the move to Realm Reborn is underway. While 64.6 percent of poll participants said they did not want to keep the original game, Yoshida says Square plans to keep the servers open unless participation drops below 30 percent. No character data aggregated after November 11th will be carried over to A Realm Reborn once the update is live.