Final Fantasy XI Online now online

Square Enix launches first Xbox 360 MMORPG worldwide; PlayStation 2, PC FFXI Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansions also live.

While scientists debate whether the physical universe is expanding or collapsing, there's no doubt about the Final Fantasy XI universe. The Square Enix game took a huge leap today, welcoming in a new platform as well as a new expansion for previous users.

Final Fantasy XI Online for the Xbox 360, revealed as Microsoft's big announcement at last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, is now available in stores worldwide. The next-gen version features high-definition graphics and does not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online--those with Silver memberships have full access to online play and upcoming downloads. However, users will still need to pay a monthly fee of $12.95 for their first character, plus $1 for each new character.

The addition of the 360 makes FFXI the first "triple-cross-platform, triple-region" massively multiplayer online game, according to Square. In addition to the Xbox 360, FFXI is available on the PC and PlayStation 2 in North America, Japan, and Europe.

Treasures of Aht Urhgan, an expansion pack for FFXI, was also made available today for the PlayStation 2 and PC (all available expansions, including Treasures, were included in the Xbox 360 version of FFXI). The add-on features adventures in the land of Aht Urhgan, as well as two new modes, besieged and assault.

Final Fantasy XI Online for the Xbox 360 is rated T for Teen and retails for $49.99. The Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion pack for the PS2 and PC is rated T for Teen and has an SRP of $29.99. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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FFdreamer
FFdreamer

Pfft. All the complaining, This game rocks, after you get used to it. Until you have played it for over a year, and are decently leveled in it (ex. 60+ on at least 1 job) then dont complain, you cannot make accusations on a game you do not own, OR did not play long enough to fully enjoy it. These games require monthly fees, because of bandwidth usage and updates,ect. Hell, do the math, if there are 1 million FFXI players, @ 13$ a month, they make 13m$ a month off this, and it helps them fund their company during production time (new games) I dont care about the online fee, this game rocks, and with a few easy edits, you can make it look like a next-gen game with a decent system. (at least on pc :P) The extra 1$ a month doesnt matter either, because you get 75x18 levels for the base fee, and an additional 75x18 levels per extra dollar. lets see.. compare that to WoW's 70x1 x 9 with no swiching :P And dont even bother comparing it to guild wars, its structured different as someone said, there are some gathering spots in GW yeah, but its mainly party oriented, ex. you cant really walk out into the world and find other people, you need to be in a town. FFXI and WoW are different from that, and FFXI in particular has an incredibly long storyline and you really shouldnt be all that bored ever because it takes about 6 months AT LEAST to max out one job from the start, and sure maybe the 4 year veterans have enough Gil to afford to level in a week or 2, but that takes a LONG TIME to do ^^ You wont get bored, and you can always have a mule or 2 to level if you do somehow get bored :) not to mention they are always adding new things to the game, such as Chocobo Racing sometime soon, and more PvP ^^ So, dont diss this game, and dont complain about the fees because this game is targeted for 13+ and most people playing it are at least 15, and if you have just about ANY kind of job by then, at least most people do, then the fee is like 2 hours of work tops with a decent salary. So wow, 2 hours of your time for a MONTH of play. not too bad, and definately more affordable than most stuck up brats think. As for the death penalty, its really not that bad, i mean EXP loss is really a lot more favorable to me than in other MMORPGs (ex. Runescape: where you lose all but 3 items on you when you die, valued at Shop Price, not player, not most really rare items are valued at 1$ shop price so your screwed out of months of work if you die accidentally, or forgot to put something up) whereas once you get to a decent level, getting the EXP back isnt really hard, sure, 1-10 are the most boring levels, and it really doesnt get awesome till 30+, but past that its an awesome game, and differs from many other games out there right now. Actually i like the EXP loss because it encourages you to keep alive, but at least its not like Everquest ^^ All in all, quit the complaining, i mean 360 users even get this in HD, and 13$ is cheap compared to other MMOs of the same QUALITY ^^ I own this game, i love it, and it has a lot of potential for expansion, which they are always adding, (cant wait for chocos! :) ) The only downfall of this game would be: 1. the World swiching is a bit of a pain 2. some worlds have RMTers (real money traders) and some Botters, but then again most if not all MMOs have some form of this Buy it, play it for a year and then tell me it sucks :P but at least try in that year lol, youll always have something to go do ^^ As for the lookdowns on the attack interface and stuff not being native to a FF feel, i think its really nice after you play with it, and it even worked its way kind of into the FFXIII role of gameplay, and i believe FFXII's as well, it actually gives it more of a realistic feel to it rather than your screen shattering and you go into a pre-setup battlefield, its more Realtime :)

Tuffg
Tuffg

I just bought it not realizing you needed a credit card. I found out 15 minutes into the registration process! I'm kinda angry right now cause i can't return it. i could trade it in and get GRAW or something

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

i want to play huxley. i not going buy other mmo games just this game. and guild wars

miiiguel
miiiguel

12.95 per month is a lot of cash. Check me out. I'm sure the service provided should be paid, as this is a work-in-progress item, but my DSL ISP charges just a bit more than this, and they have to do the update, and the reactive/proactive stuff a poster refers as the justification for this absurd. 5Eur would be understandable.

PatatPoil
PatatPoil

Who the f*ck cares about last gen or not, people still enjoys old school Nintendo games. I still play DOS game frequently and enjoys it. I'm not saying that cuz I don't have next gen hardware, my PC is pretty much up to date and I own a 360 (which I like) and planning to have a rev when it comes out later this year... Though at this point even WOW can be considered last gen game... And mmm let me think... HA! there are like 5,000,000 people out there playing right now... That said, have a nice day :D

lord-azrael
lord-azrael

yeah,yeah lets all pay 49.99 and then another 12.99 a month to play a last gen game,Not

HitokiriEmmaSan
HitokiriEmmaSan

ATTENTION ANYONE COMPLAINING ABOUT MONTHLY FEES: They're there for a reason. That reason is to pay for bandwidth and server maintenence. If you don't like it, play single player games; don't complain about it. Some bring up the argument that you could get multiple single player games for the price of an MMORPG in a year. I'm sure you could. But, MMORPGs are updated continually with new content, as well as continual bug-fixes. You're most likely going to play an MMORPG a lot more than you would a single-player game. Those of you comparing GuildWars to other MMORPGs. Stop. The game architecture is very different. A huge majority of the game is instanced, which makes it unlike MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft. The way GuildWars is set up in an online sense would be closer to an FPS game, even closer still to a few Korean Online games such as GunZ or WarRock. There is another economic setup which, from my expreience, works fairly well. I'm referring to something you may have seen if you play a lot of Korean MMOGs. Cash Shops. The actual game is free, but you can pay for special items. A lot of times, these items may have a little extra use, but they are usually more for just show. This ensures that people with money don't get an unfair advantage. Now, to return to my opening point, stop complaining about monthly fees. You go out and buy hundreds of servers, pay for multiple terrabytes of bandwidth per day, pay people to maintain the servers and pay people to create new content for a game for free. See how you like it.

unoalien
unoalien

monthly fee?!?!?!?! f?#ck that !!!!!

thomasonfa
thomasonfa

I just wish that system platforms wouldn't take the same road as PC with the monthly fee. But if they want to charge me monthly a bigger price reduction is going to have to take effect. I would pay $20 for the game and THEN I could consider paying a fee to play. With FF being $50 I will not see me online.

dawg49
dawg49

i dont know what the problem is that companies have to bribe the players in order to play one of their MMO's. I find it nothing short of a waste of time and thank god that one of the games in the genra which is guild wars doesn't cost a penny to play a month and that right there I can deal with but 12 to 13 bucks a month is totally unreasonable to play a darn game. Games are games and the more people keep buying into it by paying a monthly fee to play their products then the more you all convince them to keep the fee's up and running.

hepcat00
hepcat00

crazy....i was going to buy it 'cuz i love square and all their games but no way am going to pay a monthly fee for a game that's already bought and paid for, PLUS already pay fee for XBL. when does ffxii come out again? i'll get that.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

It's a MMO. Get off your high horses, you dopes. Expect to pay so they can operate and update the damn servers. And stop blaming Microsoft because it isn't them doing the charging. Otherwise you would be required to pay a GOLD membership, too. However, free silvers can play this game no problem. So, yeah, be thankful you aren't required to own a Gold to play it.

tbolt_88
tbolt_88

have fun wit ur final fantasy..not my type of thing but still cool that its on 360

samekila
samekila

microsoft is not the one charging for the game

BronzeWarrior
BronzeWarrior

Come on Microsoft how 'bout a "free" mmorpg.

santana4064
santana4064

its $12.95 a month, thats $155.40 a year, and this is Just for one game........ i'm dissapointed, i'm not getting it

SithLordKiller
SithLordKiller

man...i don't want to pay the monthly fee, but i've been convinced to get the game...dammit.

DJTOMMY812
DJTOMMY812

Just got home from gamestop and returned it got my money back. i couldnt get in. so screw it i bought a PSP lol

Gokuja
Gokuja

There is alot of new things since it came out ocdog. The 3 expansions have added alot of content and so have the updates. I'm not going to give you a list because that would take forever, but there are alot of new things since its release.

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

I'll probably pick this one up anyway just because I want Square-Enix to support non-Sony systems as well, but I got bored of this one long ago. And why should I pay online fees when Guildwars is free? (Although I'm bored of that now too. I realize that MMORPGS are all about socializing, but there are gamers like me who would prefer not to have to spend hours forming a party that doesn't want to do what you want to do... only to have to turn the game off a little bit later so as not to sacrifice my personal life... Nevertheless FInal Fantasy on a Non-Sony system is always a good thing, so I'll buy it because half my purchases are political in nature.

santana4064
santana4064

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terrabreak13
terrabreak13

The death penalty is still high. But once you get a party of friends the game is really easy. The guy talking about Madden is an idiot. Oh, and I'm sure if square enix makes a new online FF game today it would look as good as ninety nine nights.

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

Sweet!!! cant wait to play a 3 year old game on a next gen system!-LOL- Now .....do I create a cute doll looking character? or a cute doll looking character?

dragonsama
dragonsama

I am happy that this finally got released . I had a ton of fun with FFXI and I plan on coming back soon.

andyrook
andyrook

If its as bland and tiresome as the demo they released then I think Ill stick to pc mmorpgs until the likes of the mooted WOW hits 360 then Ill be in gaming heaven....the idea of typing and running around killing mutatetd moggis aint my idea of fun.Good luck with this tho as it should pave the way for bigger and much much better mmorpgs on the 360 :)

Smoke0
Smoke0

Do you still have to pay if you are a Gold-Member?

ocdog45
ocdog45

someone give me a reason to buy this game. it came out 2 years aog and nothing really new to add

DJTOMMY812
DJTOMMY812

its the next day and i STILL cannot get in. damnit

jnealg
jnealg

That may be true but if so then it was after I left the game.

Gokuja
Gokuja

what is it with people complaining about the death penalty? I thought they lowered it alot last year? I remember it being in an update. So now at level 55 you only loose like 350 xp or something. maybe 450 which should take about 6 minutes at the most to get back.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Even if I had an XBOX 360, I am not willing to pay the $13 per month to play FFXI, or devote all of the necessary life-sucking hours into the game. That's why I generally avoid MMORPGs. Glad SquareEnix is releasing something on the XBOX 360 though. Maybe other goodies will come down the pike in the near future.

danmp18
danmp18

$13 a month? Not for me.

jnealg
jnealg

I played on the PS2 most of last summer. I dropped it because I hate the chat function. While I'm not positive, I'm sure that the 360 is the same way, Keyboard only? $13 is not bad and I would play it for that. Graphics not so bad it would drive me away, hey I played on the PS2! The death penalties were terrible!!! You gain a level and get killed by the next MOB and you drop back to the previous level! WTF is up with that? Soloing is almost impossible after level 18. I didnt have any friends that played and everytime I would try to play with a group, most of which ended up being kids, they would start crying about who gets to lead and who does what job. Ya know what "tank" means?!?! Meh, All that aside, if I could chat with other folks with out having to stop, put down the controller and type, I'd buy it again. If I wanted to type I'd get a PC. Thats one of the reasons I play consoles.

wellingtonfo
wellingtonfo

This game hard!! Very hard! If you die you will loose a lots of exp!! And of course, can loose hours of worth exp. This is a hardcore MMORPG. If you don't mind the dificult, its a great game though.

MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

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Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

i would love to play it but too bad i cant afford it

MangyForestCat
MangyForestCat

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MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

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soulknight63133
soulknight63133

cool. you can also chat with other characters in-game..now that 's AWESOME! At least on the X360 version via headset...not sure about PC though.

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

The Triple-cross-platform, triple-region is an awesome idea. The price is kind a step, they should of release a year plan for $100.

weirdpixels
weirdpixels

yea sure can, ps2 pc and xbox 360 owners can now all play together

Reetesh
Reetesh

Can we play with Ps2 people Using X360???

Malten
Malten

I hope the fee is here to pay for the developement of the next FF on the 360 :D

PiMacleod_basic
PiMacleod_basic

Quote from 'UMCP' "This game is so old.. and you stil have to pay 50 bucks and 13 dollars per month to play it online. There is no offline mode available. Graphics are so outdated compare to even FF XII. It looks worse than FF 10 sometimes. IF you play this game even for 3 months then you will end up paying close to 90 dollars. SO, why should we buy this game?" I'm usually not one to paste quotes, but in this case.... Have you played the game at the high-end graphics spectrum on PC? Yes, PS2 looked not-so-good. I would agree there. PC looks freakin' amazing, though. Just walk into La Theine Plains...it's amazing in that zone. The feel of an expansive world is really there with it. I don't agree with how long it takes to level, or the expensive death penalty, but everything else about the game is pretty fair, if not amazingly beautiful. As for the $1 per extra character stuff.....here's why I think it's fine. One character can do EVERYTHING in the game. Unlike WoW, or GW, or EQ, etc, etc.... you can have one character be a Red Mage, and then return home and change into Ninja. Or Dragoon. Or Fighter. Or whatever else you have (or unlocked). No 'switching characters', just to play as someone else. Just keep some extra equipment stashed at home, and that way, you can change into the appropriate garb when you change your class. You keep your levels. So, if you're lvl 15 Red Mage, and you switch to level 1 fighter, level up to level 5 fighter, and switch back to Red Mage, you're right back to lvl 15 where you left off. One character can do it all. I had one character for over 2 years on there, with many lvl 40+ jobs under her belt. It was fun... But I'm done with FFXI now. I'm waiting on something new to strike my interest. There's my position on the game, that's all.