Only to discover that servers are down.
The FFXIV Beta Test Site site has the following latest update:
“Currently, we are experiencing technical difficulties with FINAL FANTASY where certain areas of the servers would go down on numerous occassions. The issue is currently being investigated, but we will require some time to address the matter.
Due to these issues, we have decided to temporarily suspend the beta test as of Aug. 12, 2010 at 8:00 (PDT).
Please be advised that we have not been able to determine when the service will be back up, but we will make sure to let you know as soon as it is determined.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience and understanding.