Final Fantasy XIV goes online Sept. 30 on PC

$50 regular version of upcoming MMORPG arrives at end of third quarter; $75 collector's edition to offer early access; PS3 launch TBA.

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At the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo earlier this month, Square Enix showed off its upcoming massively multiplayer role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV. Today, the Japanese publisher dated the game, saying it would launch in North America on September 30 on the PC at a price point of $50. The PlayStation 3 version, which was on display at Sony's E3 2010 press conference, has not been given a release window beyond "2010," though it had been set for a simultaneous release with the PC edition.

For $25 more, Final Fantasy fans can pick up the collector's edition of FFXIV and get access to the game eight days early.

Final Fantasy fanatics willing to pay $25 will be able to access the game eight days ahead of the masses, courtesy of the early access codes included in the $75 collector's edition of the game. (Square Enix did add the caveat that "timing of access subject to initial server capacity.") Besides the game disc and manual, included will be the following cache of goodies:

--A behind-the-scenes DVD with the obligatory documentary on the making of the game.
--A travel journal with concept art pages in which players can document their in-game wanderings.
--An in-game item called the "Onion Helm."
--A fully personalized "Right of Passage" certificate.
--Special cover illustrated by artist Yoshitaka Amano.
--An FFXIV-branded security token for use with regular password.

Final Fantasy XIV Online will be set in the realm of Eorzea, a world not seen before in any other installments in the franchise. Like in other MMORPGs, gamers will be able to explore the realm after selecting from a variety of races, combat classes, and professional skills. More information on Eorzea's lore and backstory can be found on the game's Web site.

Final Fantasy XIV will be the second installment in the long-running role-playing game to take on the MMORPG genre. The first such game, Final Fantasy XI, debuted on the PC in 2003 and found its way to the PlayStation 2 the next year. An Xbox 360 edition followed in 2006. In a unique twist, the game allowed players from all three platforms to play together in the same gameworld.

For the latest on Final Fantasy XIV, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview straight from E3 2010 or view the brand-new interview below.

Discussion

301 comments
Philly04
Philly04

And for Xbox users, the reason for no FFXIV for you is due to the live system microsoft installed so blame them. Enix tried to negotiate a way around it. At least you got Mass Effect (for now). You can keep the 1st one, PS3 ppl gonna miss out plus all those other good games on 360.

Philly04
Philly04

This doesn't explain why there's a 6 month delay for the PS3 version. This is unheard of and they never explain why the delay. I can understand a one-two month delay or to separate releases to calibrate all the gloops and beeps but half-a-year!? -(server capacity too) - Overall the wow factor would be long dead...

Xeye_919
Xeye_919

I'm playing it right now, it's great and fun game

zyxahn
zyxahn

They got me on the early access. That is a good idea if they do it right, meaning you can get in >_

GoGaToR07
GoGaToR07

freaking pay to play bs. im not paying $50-70 to have to pay extra.

TrueIori
TrueIori

Worst Open beta ever. Takes forever to get beta codes, uploader does not work, and the dame beta glitch at the damn cat girl.... EPIC Fail...

Vegna871
Vegna871

@Fatal-Chaos Playstation Plus is paid online, sort of. I'm sure Square Enix can figure it out. if they don't, though, I will be buying this game.

Fatal-Chaos
Fatal-Chaos

I can see it being pay to play, but since it's also on the PS3 i'm not sure, how can the PS3 be pay to play when internet is free? Like unless they include some way of making it cost on the PS3.

bunnyocalypsee
bunnyocalypsee

I need to build a decent PC for this... ha ha. Let the games begin!

destrozz
destrozz

This will hold me untill KOTOR comes out next yr.

starwarsfreak50
starwarsfreak50

I'm pretty sure it is pay to play. The site says $12.99 for 30 days. Atleast for the PC version...

detectivepbert
detectivepbert

PS3 is getting better and better. I might actually put my 360 into storage until Mass Effect 3 comes out.

lordbyron17
lordbyron17

idk if this was covered or not but is it free or pay to play like WOW

juberline
juberline

the 360 needed this title.... sad :(

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

game will be EPIC!!! O_O i can't wait! i'm SO excited! ^_^

zzamaro
zzamaro

So the best version will be released first...

Odnomiar
Odnomiar

if it comes to 360... i'll invest... other wise, it's just Catclysm for me... :S oh, and TOR! :D

bubbalooga
bubbalooga

Just pre-ordered my copy at EB. Please do not fail me Squaresoft (i do not wish to use the name square-enix as it sounds dodgy), I believe this game will do us justice.

toddx77
toddx77

@AzatiS Same here. As much as I am excited for this game I don't want SE to rush it out. I do have faith in SE though since this game has been in development since 2005 and not mention by the same team behind FFXI. So these guys have had 5 years to study what made WOW so popular and incorperate it into FFXIV.

kris912
kris912

will have to give it a go.

Miicrox
Miicrox

I got 754 on the benchmark but it looked great and ran smoothly. Hmm.

Dark_Arkitect
Dark_Arkitect

anyone else gettin a choppy fps on the benchmark?My crappy comp runs vdeo fine but score 875...yet my laptop that is specc'd fine for it runs it choppy.Hmm.

slasher321
slasher321

I have an msi gx630...would i be able to run this game on my laptop..cause i got a crappy score on the benchmark. =(

Lethale123
Lethale123

Pre-Ordered Collectors edition yesterday. its not paying $25 more to play 8 days early. The Security Token alone is $10, in FFXI it gave you access to extra inventory space, and exclusive items, as well as makes your account safer from being hacked... with all the rest of the extra stuff included... its well worth the purchase.

R2H2O
R2H2O

Whai i would like to know is will FF XIV on the PS3 work with the PS Move

AzatiS
AzatiS

Im a bit concerned about its release. What i mean. 1) Did it had properly and heavy beta testing or will gamers end up test it on release?.... 2) We havent seen any major trailers with high end gaming at all. Is game ready OR will add content as gamers lvl up? 3) Is this a "hurry" move to release FF14 before WoW-cataclysm Exp to boost some box sales / subs that otherwise would never happen ? ( similar to WAR online before Wotlk) Something feels fishy. Dunno , i hope is good,

toddx77
toddx77

Just back a brand new lap top monday so this is great news. So can't wait for this. I'm so glad i only have classes tuesday and thursday this fall. More time to spend on FFXIV

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Equipment degrading? I don't like the sound of that. No experience points? Ugh...

laptop12
laptop12

can i buy a yearly fee so i don't have to mind about monthly fee, thats annoying

CANOFOWNAGE
CANOFOWNAGE

I love the amount of people that are suprised by monthly fees. 95% of mmos require some kind of monthly fee and just because you are playing it on a console does not give you a pass on it.

judes3011
judes3011

what??? i have to pay monthly?!? that changes things....

jamesfffan
jamesfffan

Pre-ordered on Amazon uk this morning! cannot wait! collectors edition of course

ffmaniac24
ffmaniac24

This game is going to be freaking awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm dropping all games and diving into this on day 1!!! :-) woot! 3400+ score on benchmark :-) and thats on a laptop!

smoman5000
smoman5000

man, that dude is not used to showing off his videogame, he looks like he's being held captive by SE...rather than working for them. it looks pretty good, i need a bit more info on it before i decide to jump in.

jasongm
jasongm

Subscription based monthly payments? forget it!

wisebandit
wisebandit

Yeah, will buy for my collection...

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@ Ultimasamune SE has said it will be a world-wide, simultaneous release/launch.

Merex760
Merex760

I can't wait. I will be playing this instead of WoW: Cataclysm.

Jakeamalake
Jakeamalake

Man I need the PS3 version to come out at the same time!! I guess if it doesnt then I can just miss out on all the opening days madness and give the developers some time to work out some of the release bugs.

Neosword
Neosword

I wasn't a fan of FFXI. I want to like this, but I'm not sure. Hopefully it'll be good.

Civaeno
Civaeno

I am more interested, WAAAYYY MORE interested in Noctics and final fantasy versus 13!

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

With Square-Enix's terrible releases, I just don't see how this can be any better than the trash they have been releasing. It's makes me really sad. Give me back the Squaresoft glory days.

danteMdie
danteMdie

I'm not hyped for this one... Just release FFversus13...

texasjgc
texasjgc

@ thattotally Uh...let's see. Final Fantasy has been running as a series since like 1986 man.....I would say they are good at what they do. No other developer, other than Nintendo itself has stood the test of time like that. Through recession after recession and hard times Final Fantasy continues, while all others crumble......

texasjgc
texasjgc

@ Venom341 Yes, there will monthly payment for every version.