Square Enix has just announced that it is making the final preparations for the 2.0 version update ‘A Realm Reborn‘. The current service will cease on November 11, 2012. However, the last time you will be able to save your progress will be on October 31st. All save data will transfer from Final Fantasy XIV to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Square Enix is also accepting applications for Alpha testers. If you are currently an active player with extensive knowledge of the game, it is encouraged that you apply in the link below. This form is only for people following the NA version though, so please keep that in mind when submitting your application.
To apply, please visit the link below.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn alpha tester form