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.