360 FFXI, Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion dated

Final Fantasy XI for the Xbox 360, Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion for PCs, PS2s land in US in April.

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One of Microsoft's big announcements at E3 2005 was the debut of the Final Fantasy series on a Microsoft console--the Xbox 360, to be exact. What wasn't known was the game's release date--until now. Square Enix today announced that Final Fantasy XI for the Xbox 360 will be available in North America on April 18. Two days later, the game will be available in Japan and Europe.

The massively multiplayer online role-playing game will be an all-in-one package, combining the original game plus the three expansion packs: Rise of the Zilart, Chains of Promathia, and the all-new Treasures of Aht Urhgan.

PlayStation 2 and PC players desperate for the expansion needn't get in an uproar. Treasures of Aht Urhgan is getting a multiplatform release, and will also ship on April 18 for the PS2 and PC.

Included in the new expansion will be new jobs, such as the Blue Mage and Corsair, new monsters and realms to explore, as well as tweaks to gameplay like those found in previous expansions.

Pricing for the expansion and the Xbox 360 version have not yet been announced. For more details, check out GameSpot's hands-on with the beta test of FFXI for the Xbox 360.

Discussion

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Eclipse_ShinRa
Eclipse_ShinRa

RX-78GP02A ur wrong Final Fantasy XI: The Vana'diel Collection (comes with the game FFXI, Rize of the Zilar and Chains of Promathia), is 29.99 for both expansion(not $160) ~~~(now if u dont by The Vana'diel Collection) FFXI comes witth Rize of the Zilar, is 19.99 now. Chains of Promathia is 19.99 is the same plusTreasures of Aht Urhgan the new expansion is going to be 19.99-29.99 by its self(so i dont think it adds up 2 be $160) (((I have the ps2 verson 3 pc verson..and the beta.. counts the expansion FFXI,Chains of Promathia for pc..and FFXI The Vana'diel Collection..and got a new copy..for a g/f, but she didnt want it

RX-78GP02A
RX-78GP02A

Did everybody forget that the 360 version comes with all 3 expansion packs on one disc..60 dollars for the 360 version or... PC version $30? plus chains $30 plus treasures #30 = around 90 or 100 ps2 version 100 plus hard drive..30 for chains..30 for treasures = around 160 come on people..dont be stupid on this. If you wanna cut costs go for the 360 version cuz a graphics card is added to the mix for the PC version and the PS2 version cuts the support for the hard drive so that version is useless. If you want the game and you don't have the necessary graphics card..then get a 360 w/hard drive and get the 360 version. I have the beta free version for the 360 and its quite fun but the customization sucks for the characters and the battles are sorta like auto fights cuz you dont press any buttons to fight but only to target..other than that its a good game. Sorry if my message had poor grammar and stuff..oh well...

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

thats pathetic. the first square enix game for the 360 is a game already out for the PS2 and the PC. theyre supposed to be making NEXT-generation games. not a PS2 game in high-definition.

Aroku_Sockeen
Aroku_Sockeen

I've been playing for a week on 360, trust me with the high def quality and smooth gameplay, this version own PS2's.

cubist84
cubist84

and yeah u have to pay extra so if anyone has a good pc, they might as well get it in pc, its cheaper and better.

cubist84
cubist84

well this game is really for anyone that doesnt have a good pc to run it, cause seriously, this game is the same thing as the ps2, just high def, and i can barely see a difference in the graphics and frame rate and lag are still bad

santana4064
santana4064

ok so 1 question, does anyone know if we have to pay xtra for playing FFXI on xbox360? and yes i have xbox live (for a few years now), i mean if we gota make an xtra payment for this game like in the ps2.

OPOLO
OPOLO

To bad I'm going to sell my account soon. I was going to wait to see how it played on my 360

Eclipse_ShinRa
Eclipse_ShinRa

@abarrera956, i have it for ps2 and pc aswell. when i do get a 360. i was thinking about geting FFXI, because it looks beautiful on the 360(i hate to say taht because of MS XD)..is there a keyboard for the 360, or can i use my PC keyboard for the 360?

abarrera956
abarrera956

i been playing the beta since it came out on Feb 17 and I also have all three version ps2 pc and xbox and honestly my pc had an okay graphic card but the framerate wasn't that good and the ps2 ran good but the graphics weren't that great. Now that I am playing it on the xbox it looks like the pc but plays very smooth and the futher drawing distance added to the 360 really makes the game look the best. From all the versions I have to say the 360 is the best one. However if you have a highed PC card you won't see a big difference from PC to 360. You will see a big difference from Ps2 to 360 especially in HD. To all those wondering if you will be able to access your ps2 or pc account on 360 that is a yes. You will but you can't be log on at same time with the same account. Also the only reason you can't use your chacater in the beta version its because it is beta it was made to test things.

the411monkey
the411monkey

You cant compare SE to Bungie, those are two completely different things.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I've got a serious addiction I'm trying to fight... I've quit this game four times, including quitting the 360 beta. Now I hear this game's got a whole new nation, pirates and gamblers, and now blue mages..... *bangs head on table* "Just hook it to my veins!"

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

This game sounds more like a job that you have to pay for it as you "work." I'm only a fan of FF VII and FFVIII (my fave). What makes SE think that their game is so great. I hope Halo never becomes Mmo; per say as long as we wont have to pay monthly.

Genexi2
Genexi2

>> Will I be able to access my PS2 Character from my 360? From the way the beta is setup right now, 360-beta players can only play on the test-server "Hydra", and nothing else as of now. As for when the official thing comes out, odds are very good the character data will be cross-compatible between the 3 platform releases. The only thing that is needed on each console is the expansion packs installed if you want to travel to a specific area that isn't included in the original FFXI. For the new expansion, currently awaiting it here for my PC & PS2. I hope that it adds some new gameplay elements the game is starting to grow stale from with its current setup. One thing I worry is that ToA will add enough new elements (monster-town raids for example) that the rest of the game looks pale in comparison, and I take it SquareEnix will not take any of these new elements and apply them to the rest of the game to balance out the areas. (aside from the new jobs)

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

i now have a reason to buy the 360......cos i must have this game

Jimbokundesu
Jimbokundesu

WHich version of Aht do I buy now? Will I be able to access my PS2 Character from my 360? (If so, then I have a lage black paperweight on my desk hooked up to a small TV...)

davahsa
davahsa

So this is gonna beat FFXII to market.... thats pretty funny

Randomd00d
Randomd00d

but nooo not for the GC... dang...

Iramek
Iramek

glad to see SE work something out w/ Sony on the PS2 part. Seeing how they drop support on the HDD (basiclly cutting out any more FFXI).

cybergooch
cybergooch

What a tired series. I always thought it was a "blah" game and tired of it very quickly. Talk to me when WoW gets a chance at the console.

rhaigun
rhaigun

If Microsoft had an exclusivity deal with Square-Enix, how many people would buy the 360 over the PS3? This is just a hypothetical question. Sony wouldn't be where they are without FF VII, and Microsoft knows this. It's called marketing. How wicked would it be if Sony could sign Bungie? Same thing.

Hyperblade
Hyperblade

Whats pathetic is that Microsoft needs SE's game to boost the japanese market.

the411monkey
the411monkey

Who really cares about this? I mean come on FFXI has been out for years, and I will not spend 60 bucks plus monthly fee for this game. Anything to make money, pathetic

agath0s0
agath0s0

wasn't it noted that this would NOT work with the live headsets? if so that really kills it for me... what about a keyboard expansion?

Zanza_Unleashed
Zanza_Unleashed

Oh yea, blue-freakin-mage! I was hoping we'd get the option for that, definitely buying it now.

Khimarhi
Khimarhi

all it is is ps2 graphics in high def nothing stunning or special about it. . if you like mmo's you may want to try it but don't expect the graphics to be jaw dropping and make sure you get a usb keyboard

teh_ghost
teh_ghost

looks like it'll be fairly good.

Kaizersozey83
Kaizersozey83

I have been playing the beta for 360, looks the same on my tv as it did on ps2. Just faster redraws. Is this the expansion for the beta? or full version?

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

I would imagine it's going to look pretty stunning.

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

After hearing what ive heard i dont really want the game now. I thought the game would solve the problems of console mmos but thats not the case.

unrealps3
unrealps3

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