Xbox 360 Final Fantasy XI begins beta

Testing period for first 360 MMORPG begins, spots available to purchasers of <i>Official Xbox Magazine</i>.

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Xbox 360 owners will soon get the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the world of Vana'diel, because the Final Fantasy XI beta testing period for Microsoft's new console has officially begun. Gamers can register for the beta now at Square Enix's PlayOnline Web site, which handles all subscriptions for Final Fantasy XI.

After applying, gamers will need to get their hands on the February issue of The Official Xbox Magazine and its demo disc, which includes the beta versions of the original game and both the Rise of the Zilart and Chains of Promathia expansion packs. The beta period will be free of charge to players, and the game can be logged onto using either a premium Gold or a fee-free Silver Xbox Live account.

When the game goes live in May, Xbox 360 players will be able to rub elbows and swap healing potions with their PlayStation 2 and PC counterparts. But for the duration of the beta test, Xbox 360 users will be kept on their own servers. They will be able to interact with beta testers from Europe and Japan, however. While Square Enix has issued a list of known issues with the beta game, support for USB keyboards and mice has been included.

Originally released in mid-2002 for the PlayStation 2 in Japan, Square Enix's massively multiplayer online role-playing game has since migrated to PCs, the American PS2, and perhaps, finally, the Xbox 360. Square Enix is promising enhanced visuals, audio, and other unique features for the game's debut on Microsoft's next-generation hardware.

Other versions of Final Fantasy XI have been rated T for Teen. The Xbox 360 edition is currently scheduled to hit stores in May. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more coverage.

Discussion

61 comments
natedood
natedood

I started installing this thing almost 2 hours ago. STILL NOT DONE. The interface thus far is frustrating and indeed takes forever. Why can't I enter my jillion character code in a web form instead of the clumsy on screen keyboard??!! Arrgghh! Even with that, you have to keep up with no less than 5 serial type numbers to whack your way through the install. You have to have a play online code, then you have to create a play online profile, then you get a play online id, then you set your profile name, then they ask you to login, then then then... rediculous - obviously not using any of the features of xbox live profile. I've had to put my login information in 6 different places so far - confusing. annoying. frustrating. I'll be aborting it after this message and reclaiming the 5GB of my 360 hard drive it soaks up with lame jazz background funk. No thank you.

Yazu13
Yazu13

I think it's an outrage that Square Enix is making a game for Microsoft! They should stay with Sony only!

Nafda
Nafda

Experience the excitment of waiting for hours for some lame party group in HD? No Thanks.

thyrabbit
thyrabbit

this will cost money ... pc version cost 15 dollars/month... i don't want to pay that or anything at all for a ... what, 2 or 3 year old game! I think being able to play with all the PC and PS2 players is actually bad because they're ahead of the game and can be intimidating from my experience of this game on PC, but Square Enix had to do it because of lack of xbox 360s out there,... thanks a lot MS

Eternal15
Eternal15

Wait...I thought the PC version came out before the PS2 version...

coldfyre_99
coldfyre_99

They will get some good feedback from the 15 people that were actually able to get a 360.

DryvBy
DryvBy

Wow, I'm gonna go to the store and get that mess now!

deadman262
deadman262

I seriously love all the people bashing FFXI...yet again. I for one, am really sick of people and their ooohing and awwing of WoW. I played it for almost 8 months and was bored as...well, you know. WoW is not a perfect match for everyone, and the 500,000+ people who continue to pay and play FFXI enjoy their time. So if you like WoW, good for you, but quit acting like it's the only game everyone should be playing.

secily
secily

WoW beta game for a old game,give me WoW anyday.

Calypsobreeze
Calypsobreeze

Don't hold your breath on this one. The Japanese beta version of FFXI is horrible on the Xbox360. At the high def resolution, you can't even read the fonts on the screen. Graphics are dated. And the registration process takes like 30 minutes with cutesy jazz music looping in the background-- trust me, you'll be hitting mute in the first 5 min as you struggle to register. IGN review of FFXI beta in Japan for reference. http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/674/674993p1.html

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

For those who wonder, no. This version won't be any better than the other versions. Well, it will be graphically superior to the ps2 version I'm sure, but don't expect some giant facelift just because its on the xbox 360. It should look similar to how it looks on a decent pc. Personally I think MS is letting Squenix release FFXI on the 360 just to get in their good graces in the hopes that some of their 1st run big name titles might get developed for the 360 in time.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

You will have to pay a monthly fee for FFXI once it releases, but you only have to have an xbox live silver account to play it. Gold isn't required. Most people who would monopolize their time with an MMO probably wouldnt have time to use that gold subscription on other games anyway :-P

HM117
HM117

A soon as my XBOX360 will ship in, i'll be on my list.

madltu2005
madltu2005

I know the U.K. will get there Issues on Monday? When will we have ours in the USA?

omarguy01
omarguy01

maybe more people will play it now?

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

Finally, a chance to play FFXI. I'm really unsure about MMO's, I'm hoping this will be better then the others I've played.

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

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Ontario21
Ontario21

This is just the kind of game to make me put down my PS2 and pick up a 360. I play FFXI on my PS2 and would love to Play it in HD!

bwgamer
bwgamer

I was a beta tester for the PS2 version and now I'm looking forward to doing it again in HD!!! Anyone who hasn't played this game should take this opportunity. Fun Game!!! See ya'll online. My screen name was Weaver, hopefully it's still there, lol.

Princecake
Princecake

shrugg... so? I'm already playing it on my pc I'd be more interested if they were to release the frontmission online ...

skitzocyko
skitzocyko

FINALLY!! FINAL FANTASY ON XBOX!! AND THE ANGELS ON HIGH SAW THAT THIS WAS GOOD!!

spr4yp4int
spr4yp4int

Wow, FF Online!!!!!!ONEONE!!!!ONE Really, it's not that good. There is a reason it is possible to get it+expansions for 16$ where I live.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

final fantasy has never been....well.....FINALly over!

blackdamage
blackdamage

OXM in Italy too? UK would be ok. With no paying fees, and Xbox Live Silver, I may be tempted to try this one out.

BL1NDS1DE
BL1NDS1DE

What is the date the new OXM will be on sale?

OPOLO
OPOLO

Well this is one more reason for my PS2 to collect DUST

Maeros4
Maeros4

is this for the us market only or will it be available for europe to?

rexoverbey
rexoverbey

I'm not big on FF but a free beta game on a console is awesome. I hope that other devlopers take suite and follow. Could you imagine if we got to beta test games like GOW or Halo 3? Man ever console in history would be owned by that.

forever_blank
forever_blank

Hoping... Hoping... that I can get in... Long chance

choasgod
choasgod

.... FFXI is old, why are people amazed that they can finaly play the game on thier xbox 360 becuase they don't want to buy the Pc or PS2 versions ...

rctyke
rctyke

here what bugs me about this 360 port of FF11 that was a Playstation 2 game and yet, people are cheering for something primitive on a high tech gaming machine like the 360. i have an Xbox 360 and am having a blast with Kameo and perfect dark zero and i don't mean to fret and i know they said it will improve, but when i heard you can play PS2 PLAYERS, that gave me the message, this is just a straight port to an old PS2 game. Now WoW, i would want see on the Xbox 360. we'll see if it changes and see if it runs on it's hardware soon

Davideogamer
Davideogamer

I'm so gonna order the beta. Now I'm especially glad I have a 360.

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

Yeah, I agree, Cpt., cause with WoW, you could devote as much or as little time as you want. But wouldn't it be sweet if they really did decide to release a WoW for the 360 and have its servers linked to the PC versions (if thats even possible)?

ZugZug4
ZugZug4

I'd rather have Lineage 2 . . but this will do. ^_^

CaptainCrazy
CaptainCrazy

I owend this game for PC like 2 years go and had my share of fun and frustration with it. Only reason Square is bringing it to 360 is to try and replenish the dwindling population. Gil selling has ruined the economy and this game is super hardcore. No average console gamer is going to have a hope in hell. They will become so frustrated with the party system and the extreme investment of time involved. I really don't know why they need to make these kinds of games so inaccessible. WOW is the only one that does it right.

Jimbokundesu
Jimbokundesu

and will it come with a Hard Drive when it's released?

Jimbokundesu
Jimbokundesu

So what if you're already on FFXI on the PS2? Do I get to transfer my account there, or do I have to get my Vana'diel fix on my ps2 for the rest of my time there?

dacounciler171
dacounciler171

When the full version comes out are you gonna have to pay monthly as well for this product or will just your xbox live account be sufficent?

AssRhino
AssRhino

Just signed up for the beta and will pick the disc up the day it comes out =)

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

Well at least the Xbox doesn't have to worry about the whole detachable hard drive thing.

Jorge_Cav
Jorge_Cav

So the game was first made for the pc and then for the ps2 and now xbox360 but why did it takes so long, the only reason I think it would be great is beacouse of xbox live.

prvtTucker
prvtTucker

well I have OXM but...I don"t have a 360 *weep's softly*

petegrrrr
petegrrrr

Wow! Thank goodness this cutting edge, brand new game finally made it to the 360! /sarcasm.... Just think, at this rate we'll get "PONG" sometime in 2008.

sushi_111
sushi_111

this better b better than the other versions