Some recent job listings have suggested that the Final Fantasy XIV beta may begin earlier than we thought.
Several job posts for Game Masters as well as Game Testers, have appeared on the job page for Square Enix Europe. The job listings ask that you require knowledge of the previous online Final Fantasy title, Final Fantasy XI.
Game Tester positions started to be filled earlier this month, which means that testing has already begun on the title. The Game Masters positions are said to be starting mid-September, so we may be seeing a Beta soon after.