LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 11, 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® will begin shipping to North American retailers in late October. FINAL FANTASY XI, the first online title in the world-renowned series, is a 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 the personal computer (PC) or PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and whether they are playing in North America or Japan.
The “persistent world” in FINAL FANTASY XI continues to evolve, transform, and develop, even when gamers are not playing. The title offers players a chance to experience FINAL FANTASY in a completely new environment, while retaining the same award-winning visual content, innovative gameplay, and deep storylines that have made the FINAL FANTASY series one of the most popular videogame series in the world, with more than 45 million units sold to date. FINAL FANTASY XI was released in Japan in May 2002 (PlayStation 2) and November 2002 (Windows), and has over 250,000 registered users, who have created more than 600,000 characters.
“We are thrilled to introduce FINAL FANTASY XI to North America and hope the game will expand online gaming to a broader audience,” said Jun Iwasaki, president and CEO of Square Enix U.S.A., Inc. “FINAL FANTASY XI will lure players into an action and emotion-packed online gaming adventure in a personalized universe where they create their own destiny.”