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.
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.

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worst ff game ever!!!!

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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.

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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...

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

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

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

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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...

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@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.

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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.

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

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This will hold me untill KOTOR comes out next yr.

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

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

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

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

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

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So the best version will be released first...

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

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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.

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@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.

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FF 14 vs WOW Cataclysm lol.

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will have to give it a go.

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

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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.

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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. =(

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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.

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It would be best if all of the good items weren't gone before the PS3 Launch. So let's just have the rarest items drop, and have common items for pick up.

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

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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,

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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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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!

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Damn it, I got excited for a second there, but it says right here: << LINK REMOVED >> that the PS3 version will be early March of 2011. Damn it... :P

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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! So buying this.

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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.

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The music is so calming ...

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Subscription based monthly payments? forget it!

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Yeah, will buy for my collection...

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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@ 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......

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