Final Fantasy XIV PC Launch Set For September, PS3 Version On Ice Until March 2011

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Square Enix has relaunched the official website for Final Fantasy XIV, and with it has come confirmation of numerous key details surrounding the game’s launch.

First and foremost, the PC version has been confirmed for a September launch in two versions: a collector’s edition pack scheduled for release on September 22nd for $74.99, and a standard edition to be released the following week on September 30th for $49.99. For the extra pay, the collector’s edition will include seven bonuses, including a behind-the-scenes DVD, a Security Token, a bound travel journal, a voucher for a “right of passage” certificate, 30 days of free play time, a buddy pass to invite a friend to play for free for a limited time, and the added benefit of having access to the game a whole eight days before standard edition purchasers. You can also get an Onion Helm in-game bonus item for pre-ordering the collector’s edition.

Subscription pricing has also been announced for the PC version. Playing the game will run a pretty standard MMORPG fee of $12.99 per month for one playable character and one non-playable “retainer” character to be used for item storage and merchant services. If you want to create additional characters, it will cost you $3 a month extra per character up to a maximum of eight and $1 per month for each additional retainer character.

System requirements for the upcoming beta test have been confirmed as well, and while they only relate to the beta version, they at least give a general starting point for what to expect from the completed retail product.

Final Fantasy XIV Beta Test Requirements:

– Operating System: Windows XP SP3; Windows Vista 32bit / 64bit SP2; Windows 7 32bit / 64bit
– CPU: Intel Core Duo 2 (2.0GHz); AMD Athlon X2 (2.0GHz)
– RAM: Windows XP – 1.5GB+; Windows Vista / Windows 7 – 2GB+
– HDD/SDD Space: Installation – 15GB; Additional Download Space – 6GB+
– Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 series or higher / ATI Radeon HD 2900 series or higher with VRAM 512MB+
– Sound Card: DirectSound compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0c or higher)
– Internet Connection: Broadband
– Screen Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher; 32-bit or higher
– DirectX: DirectX 9.0c
– Others: Mouse, Keyboard, Gamepad

Now we come to the PS3 version. Unfortunately, many specifics about the PS3 launch are still unannounced. However, in the fine print underneath the PC version’s specs on the game info page the PS3 version is pegged for release in early March 2011, with subscription info still to be announced.

So yep, the PS3 version is still a ways off, which bums me out because I doubt I’ll be able to run the PC version on my dated hardware, and by March of next year my interest will probably have long since faded.

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