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MMORPG | Genre:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 10/28/03)  | Pub:Square Enix
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Final Fantasy XI Forum » The Airship (General) » SquareSoft announcement october 6'th

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  Lexington

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OP  10/07/03 3:52:31 AM#1

LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 6, 2003 - Square Enix U.S.A., Inc. (“Square Enix U.S.A.”), the publisher of Square Enix products in North America, announced today that FINAL FANTASY® XI for Windows®, the first online title in the world-renowned series, will begin shipping to North American retailers on October 28. FINAL FANTASY XI for Windows® will include the “Rise of the Zilart” expansion pack and other applications on five CD-ROM discs and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD).

FINAL FANTASY XI subscribers will receive their first 30 days of access without charge. Aside from Internet service provider access charges, the free trial period will begin on the date players create their first “Content ID” or character. Any additional “Content IDs” purchased are also available without charge until the end of the free trial period. After 30 days, players can continue to play FINAL FANTASY XI by paying a monthly fee of $12.95 (USD) for one FINAL FANTASY XI character, and can create up to 15 additional characters for an additional charge of $1.00 (USD) per character, per month. Tetra Master®, the online version of the wildly popular and addictive mini-game from FINAL FANTASY IX, will also be included in the package and will be available for $1.00 (USD) per month. Payment for monthly access charges must be made by credit card only (restrictions apply).

Marketing and Promotional Partners
In addition to a targeted marketing campaign that includes national print and online media in the top gaming and computer gaming magazines and websites, Square Enix has united with several promotional partners in its marketing efforts for FINAL FANTASY XI. Included is a giveaway by Alienware for its ”Area 51” desktop PC that comes bundled with FINAL FANTASY XI and co-branded print ads with NVIDIA. In addition, the premiere online games destination, AOL Games, will debut a comprehensive programming package around the launch of the new game beginning October 21 available at AOL Keyword: Video Games.

FINAL FANTASY XI
In FINAL FANTASY XI, players will undertake multiple adventures through vast environments in the world of “Vana’diel,” which has more than 100 areas to explore, including mountains, forests, ice plains, deserts, oceans, rivers, castles, and dungeons. The game allows players to create their alter ego that will exist in the world of Vana’diel, choosing from a variety of races, facial features, hairstyles and colors. They will be able to play at their own pace and form parties by utilizing the various communication tools that have been incorporated into FINAL FANTASY XI, including easy-to-use chat and messaging systems. The inclusion of “Rise of the Zilart” will expand the storyline and open up a variety of higher-level skills and abilities.

The first cross-platform, cross-continent massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), FINAL FANTASY XI allows gamers to connect to the same exact world regardless of whether they are playing on a personal computer (PC) or PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and whether they are playing in North America or Japan.

PlayOnline
FINAL FANTASY XI is a multiplayer online game in which players play via the Internet, and is playable via broadband or dial-up connection on both the PC and PlayStation 2. FINAL FANTASY XI is accessible only through the PlayOnline network service, a network service created by Square Enix. The PlayOnline service will launch on October 28, 2003. PlayOnline provides a wide range of online services and entertainment including games, entertainment, and communication. Thus, PlayOnline not only serves as a portal to the world of FINAL FANTASY XI, but also a gateway to several other applications including communication tools such as email, messaging, a “Friend List,” games, support, downloadable files, and audiovisual customization. Players will create personalized PlayOnline identities or “handles” that allow other players to communicate with each other, no matter where they are on the PlayOnline network. These basic services on the PlayOnline network will be free of charge. For more information on PlayOnline, FINAL FANTASY XI, and Tetra Master, please visit the official Web site at www.playonline.com/ff11us/.

Square Enix U.S.A. has partnered with Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), the online gaming division of Sony Pictures Digital, to provide in-game support and customer service by phone for both versions of FINAL FANTASY XI as well as PlayOnline.

FINAL FANTASY XI for Windows System Requirements
The minimum system requirements for FINAL FANTASY XI for Windows are as follows: Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP, Intel® Pentium® III 800Mhz or higher, 128 MB RAM, 6 GB of hard drive space, DirectX® 8.1 compatible sound card, CD-ROM drive, keyboard, 56K or faster connection, and either the ATI® Radeon 9000 series or NVIDIA® GeForce series video card with 32MB of RAM.

FINAL FANTASY XI for the PlayStation 2
Published by Sony Computer Entertainment America, FINAL FANTASY XI for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system will be pre-installed on internal Hard Disk Drive (40GB)(for PlayStation®2). Available in March 2004 for a suggested retail price of $99 (USD), the internal Hard Disk Drive attaches to the Network Adaptor (Ethernet/modem) (for PlayStation®2), which connects to both broadband or dial-up networks, and rests in the expansion bay of the PlayStation 2 console.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated FINAL FANTASY XI “T” for Teen. For more information about the ESRB, visit www.esrb.org.

About Square Enix Co. Ltd. and Square Enix U.S.A., Inc.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment contents including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan’s best-selling franchises – FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 45 million units worldwide and DRAGON QUEST (DRAGON WARRIOR® in North America) which has sold over 30 million units worldwide – under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

Square Enix U.S.A. Inc., located in Los Angeles, Calif., handles operations in North America including localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix U.S.A. can be found on the Internet at www.square-enix-usa.com.

  Samusic

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10/07/03 7:22:11 AM#2
Damn. I was kinda hoping that the US was gonna get out of that crappy character fee.

  Zohar

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10/07/03 10:07:46 PM#3
Yeah, I'm not too hot on that stupid $1 a character thing =\. Other then that I'm looking forward to the game.

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  Samusic

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10/07/03 11:28:57 PM#4
I think I could get a lot out of my character Thylteev. He'd be a good bard, ranger, beastmaster, warrior and paladin. It just kinda sucks because it takes the role playing aspect out completely. I won't be able to say, "I'm a ranger." It'll be "Right now I'm a ranger...you need a white mage? Let me just get my white mage at the mog house." No role playing.

  Zohar

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10/08/03 9:49:07 PM#5
I think I *may* buy an additional character depending on how much I enjoy FFXI. I'm really tired of EQ, I just want something fresh and I'm hoping this will satisfy me. I know I won't be paying a $1.00 for the card game, that's what solitare is for =P.

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  Jhikan

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10/08/03 10:36:02 PM#6
Yeah one extra character wouldn't hurt I say, just find some change on the floor or in the couch to replace that one dollar.

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  Zhanghia

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10/09/03 6:23:08 AM#7

Originally posted by Samusic
I think I could get a lot out of my character Thylteev. He'd be a good bard, ranger, beastmaster, warrior and paladin. It just kinda sucks because it takes the role playing aspect out completely. I won't be able to say, "I'm a ranger." It'll be "Right now I'm a ranger...you need a white mage? Let me just get my white mage at the mog house." No role playing.



You do know it'd be a long while to level them up, even to sufficient levels. And yeah, RPG games are hard to roleplay in but that's what () is for, ooc talk. OOC = Out of character.

As some things can be right and useless, can't some things be wrong and priceless? -Viktor Suikoden I

  Samusic

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10/09/03 1:08:19 PM#8
Yes, I know it would take a long time to level those up. I got to level 30 white mage and 21 ranger all while crafting as well. It'd be quicker for me than you, though, since I know all the good places to go. Anyway, when I talk about the role play aspect, Thylteev is a ranger. But I can't afford having all those other characters, so I'd have to pick many jobs that Thylteev could do and then nothing would really define him.

  Zhanghia

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10/09/03 2:34:44 PM#9
Until there's like a open ended D&D MMORPG, there truly isn't any real role-playing. But that in itself would require massive amounts of coding and you'd get the same experience just going table-top. There really isn't anything that defines having statistics and leveling up, we are forced to conclude that it is roleplaying.

As some things can be right and useless, can't some things be wrong and priceless? -Viktor Suikoden I

  Samusic

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10/09/03 2:49:59 PM#10
You can't ever really make a graphical mmorpg as open ended as D&D because it still leaves out the essential ingredient of imagination. Anyway, with regard to what I was talking about, I feel there really wouldn't be a whole lot of role playing if I were to say, I'm a ranger...and a beastmaster, and a samurai and a black mage and a red mage and a bard and a warrior and a thief, etc. However, I could really play with the idea that, "Hello, I am Thylteev. I am a ranger, skilled in tracking, scouting, and using the land for all it has to offer."

  Zhanghia

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10/09/03 3:02:59 PM#11
You could just say you're a jack of all trades and master of none. :p

As some things can be right and useless, can't some things be wrong and priceless? -Viktor Suikoden I

  Korrgan

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10/10/03 8:29:06 AM#12
That would work.


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  Samusic

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10/10/03 1:45:12 PM#13
But he's not! He's a master ranger!

  Nizibor

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10/11/03 4:26:35 PM#14
The only thing i dont like is the fact that you have to use a credit card to play some other ppl may not be able to use a credit card.

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  jeep21243

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10/11/03 10:32:53 PM#15

does the 28th in this case mean it will be here?  or shipped from japan?  eb games and game stop are still listing in their stores a release of early november.  is this due to mis information, or is the 28th the ship date and will take several days to arive?

 

  Samusic

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10/12/03 12:12:08 AM#16
The stores will have it the 28th.