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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@KaBo0m Wrong. If the 360 can do FFXIII (although not as well as the PS3 version), it can do FFXVI. Just because developers have to tone down the graphics a bit on the 360 doesn't meant it's not powerful enough to do an MMORPG, which it clearly showed it could with FFXI. Anyway, I feel the tick starting.. I'm not ready to get addicted to an MMORPG again.

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@KaBo0m Anther idiotic theory from a PS3 fanboy.

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@DeanoFantasy you pay for your internet and electricity anyway without needing to play games with it i hope... So basically you are paying 10 dollars a month to play the game when if you were not you would be paying 60 dollars per month to buy a new game that would be a savings of 50 dollars per month if my math is correct... Your argument fails...

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If its any higher than $14.99 a month then i guess i'll just stick to WoW.

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@ final brawl: the 360 isn't powerful enough. purchase a ps3 to be able to play these type of games

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8 days early so we can grind our lives away ? :P

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i just hope SE makes this game good. there have been too many let down and i cant take another :(

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Please let this to be Free to Play. Why do I have to pay for the game and then pay to play the game?

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Why not Xbox 360?!

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Where are all the retarded trolls coming from? I don'tthink that any core MMO (read: not expansions) ever released without a free first month. Personally, I can vouc for WoW, WAR, AoC, D&DO and LotRO...

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Sorry I don't want to pay monthly with this, I think the Game Price should be say.. $130 or £100 and then that's it! Paying monthly is just stupid, you already pay for electricity, you already pay for the the console, you already pay for the game, you already pay for Broadband, and now we have to pay to play every month! F**K that! Sorry to all MMO players! even though I can afford it I'm not stupid, I'm also a massive FF fan but sorry I have had it with Payment MMO's, save money!

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Aw no release info for ps3 yet... hope ps3 owners don't get screwed with a several month break between release dates. For whatever reason, amazon shows it with a release of march 2011 on ps3... not happy at all if that is accurate :( Hope there's a collectors for ps3 as well

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Very nice ! :)

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@KaBo0m First you "admit" that you are cheaper and have less money then homeless people. And now you "admit" you read even worse the homeless people.. aw :(..feel sorry for ya

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For crying out load, I wish they would just release some new info on FFXIII Versus!

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I can't wait for this, might be the only MMORPG I would actually be dedicated to. Especially looking forward to a game based on skill and not lvls.

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ahm.....don't mean to nitpick, I played FF11 on a imported ps2 (US-PS2) back in Dec. 2002 and had to buy a HDD with it. So I'm kinda surprised to read it came to pc first, then went to ps2 later on a gamesite.....if I remember correctly it was even out on ***-PS2's before then....funny how no one else noticed this.....I guess must be getting old, lol.

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Nice!

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I don't think it's mentioned in the article so.. How much is the monthly fee?! I want this for the PS3 fast. :(

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@TheMistique What are you talking about...9 of 10 mmo always have the first month free in the package..aaaalways, since not many people want to first buy the game THEN activate it for 15$..thats alot of money to start a game, and what if you don't even like it? Nah..gather some more information before you post crap :) @KaBo0m Your information is incorrect..but its "expensive" to play P2P mmo's (no, not really, homeless people buy booze even for more money each month ROFL)...So WE might be sheep..but you are cheap :) And for the topic..no news whatsoever on EU dates?..they didn't even mention it, that means SE never mentioned EU release dates on E3?

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I wonder if they are going to change the leveling system in this game. I loved FFXI until I started hitting points where I needed a group to level (level 10) only to find out that it would take hours to find a group and then it would break up after 10 minutes. If they changed that aspect I would probably give this a try as the world of FFXI was huge and would have been fun to explore solo if I could.

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wOOt! Finally! @DeMoN_SouL_666 They said as far as consoles go it'd be exclusive, but it was general knowledge (or I thought it was) that it was coming to the PC as well. Although they hyped that the PC and PS3 versions were going to release simultaneously, I guess that fell through.

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didn't they announce at E3 last year that FF XIV will be PS3 exclusive? can't remember if it was PS3 only or will launch on PS3 first, but i do remember something exclusive to PS3, anyway.. i'm preordering the Collector's Edition either way.

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geez, i still havent played ffxiii yet now this?!!?! SWEET!

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@Kleeyook Animeh Gurl! CUTE! n.n

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I just want a console MMO. I will be get SW:TOLR though.

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duuude I was sooo addicted to FFXI 5 years ago, my brother and I played in night/day shifts over the summer in between college semesters lol. If this game is anything close to XI, well, goodbye scholastics...

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I was hoping the PS3 port would have been released alongside the PC version---seeing how FFXIV wouldn't run very well on my computer--if at all :lol:

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@TheMistique uh... wtf are you talking about? the first month is free in EVERY MMO when it first comes out, and always...

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@atopp399 not warhammer when it first game out. actually not any mmo when they first come out.

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First month is free in every MMO I have ever played.

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Excpet that when you buy a $60 game you actually have the full game to play What you are doing here is paying $50 for only the disc and case pretty much. You can only play the game until you drop down even more money for the monthly fee. So just the first month alone will cost you $65 for ONE MONTH! what a ripoff. you people are sheep! Sheep I say!!!

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I just got a notification from Amazon saying that you can pre order the PS3 version of FFXIV and that it's coming out March 31st, 2011. Don't know how legit that is but, just thought I'd throw that out there.

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What happened to the beta? Is it still closed? In all fairness the copy of FF XIII that I got months ago should have included a GUARANTEED invite to play the closed beta which started not long ago I believe. Or does Square Enix not like rewarding the people giving them money in the first place?

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@ KaBo0m That monthly fee is to help maintain the servers so that you can play in the world with thousands of other players. They also do want to make a profit as well you know. Just be glad they aren't charging you 60$ like for console games.

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Shouldn't it be "Rite of Passage"? translation error?

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Charging $50 for just the game is such a ripoff. Look, I'm already going to be paying $15 a month just to play the game, why do I need to pay $50 just for the case and disc? MMO games should be $10 at the most and then you have to pay the montly fee

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This is going to be awesome :) Though I still wonder if there will be a monthly fee.

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If only the game didn't look terribly boring.

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.listening to him stumble through English while cheez music plays in the background just made my day ahhahhahhhahahhhahhh

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It's gonna be awesome if we can play across platform.

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Sign me up. With the price of console DLC and subscriptions playing an MMO for $15 per month is cheaper for me than buying a $60 game every couple of months along with the DLC and subscription price for playing online. $25 for an 8 day head start is hard to decide on. Most likely the hard core crowd is going to be most of those early players who are the people I would want to be in a guild with. Tough call.

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I was sad watching the press conference to see this, Final Fantasy XIV instead of Final Fantasy XIII Versus... Though I digress; I suppose I will be able to play with PC players on my PS3, if that is the case!

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sweet :D

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so does it have a monthly $15 as well?

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Collectors Edition? Yes please. xD

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only interested in the european date.

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yay

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