Final Fantasy XIV release date announced

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Square Enix dropped a bomb yesterday, revealing that Final Fantasy XIV will hit stores in September. This news came as a surprise to most people since the beta still has to start and there’s still a lot to do according to the developers. This news also came as a shock to PS3 owners because the PlayStation 3 version got delayed until May 2011. Nevertheless the big shocker was accompanied with loads of information which I’ll try to summarize below:

2 versions, 2 release dates

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The regular edition of Final Fantasy XIV will be released on September 30th for PCs running Windows XP and above.

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Similar to FF13, Final Fantasy XIV will receive a Collector’s Edition. The collector’s edition contains various in-game items, a gorgeous Travelers Journal which contains artwork to gaze upon while penning your adventures experienced in Eorzea down. Furthermore the CE contains a Behind-The-Scenes DVD (which reminds me of FFX) and an exclusive game cover  with artwork by Yoshitaka Amano (FINAL FANTASY series).If this isn’t enough to convince you to buy the Collector’s Edition, maybe the release date will be. The Collector’s Edition of Final Fantasy XIV releases on September 22nd, 8 days prior to the normal edition.

Pricing and monthly subscription

The standard edition of Final Fantasy XIV will go on sale for $49.99 in America and for €49,95/£39.99 in Europe. The  Collector’s Edition will go on sale 8 days prior to the standard edition for $74.99 in America and €69,95/£49.99 in Europe. Like every other MMO, Final Fantasy XIV will have monthly subscription of $12.99/month. With an additional $3 for each extra character. No €/£ pricing has been revealed so far but this post will be updated once it is available.

What about the PS3 version?

Sadly, the PS3 version has been delayed to March 2010, 6 months after the PC release, without any explanation.

You can read through all this information once more on the renewed Final Fantasy XIV site alongside with some new screenshots and artwork. The beta version will begin later this month, “early July” according to Square Enix, so stay tuned because when it kicks off, you’ll read it here!

Continue reading for the minimum system requirements

Thanks to RPGSite for the images and system requirements.


Minimum System Requirements

Operating System
Windows XP SP3 **
Windows Vista 32bit / 64bit SP2 ***
Windows 7 32bit / 64bit ***

CPU

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (2.0GHz)

AMD Athlon™ X2 (2.0GHz)

Memory
Windows XP: 1.5GB or higher
Windows Vista / Windows® 7: 2GB or higher

HDD/SSD Space
Install: 15GB or more
Download: Space on hard drive where My Documents is located should be 6GB or more ****

Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600 series or higher with VRAM 512MB or more
ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 series or higher with VRAM 512MB or more

Sound Card
DirectSound® compatible sound card (DirectX® 9.0c or higher)

Internet Connections

Broadband internet connection or higher

Resolution
1280 x 720 or higher; 32bit or higher

DirectX®
DirectX® 9.0c

Others

Mouse, Keyboard, Gamepad *****

** If using Windows XP, the executable files, installation and version updates should be set to Administrator settings.
*** 64bit OS will run in WOW64 (Windows on Windows 64) mode.
**** The file system in the drive containing the My Documents folder will need to be set to NTFS formatting.
***** A gamepad is not required.

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