Final Fantasy XI Ship Details

The Final Fantasy XI Website (thanks Frans) provides pricing and shipping details for Final Fantasy XI, the 11th installment in the never-quite final RPG series, saying: "FINAL FANTASY XI for Windows, the first online title in the world-renowned series, will begin shipping to North American retailers on October 28. FINAL FANTASY XI for Windows will include the 'Rise of the Zilart' expansion pack and other applications on five CD-ROM discs and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD)." Here's more on the set-up, including the option of creating an up to 15 character mule army:
FINAL FANTASY XI subscribers will receive their first 30 days of access without charge. Aside from Internet service provider access charges, the free trial period will begin on the date players create their first "Content ID" or character. Any additional "Content IDs" purchased are also available without charge until the end of the free trial period. After 30 days, players can continue to play FINAL FANTASY XI by paying a monthly fee of $12.95 (USD) for one FINAL FANTASY XI character, and can create up to 15 additional characters for an additional charge of $1.00 (USD) per character, per month. Tetra Master, the online version of the wildly popular and addictive mini-game from FINAL FANTASY IX, will also be included in the package and will be available for $1.00 (USD) per month. Payment for monthly access charges must be made by credit card only (restrictions apply).
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Creston hit the nail on the head. Still, I'm sure it will be wildly successful, which is truly unfortunate.

As for an extra $1/month to prevent griefers... nice try! Look at how many people spend HOURS online tweaking their cheats or just being general assholes to other players. For $13 a month I can play FF. For $14 I can play FF and totally piss off a bunch of people. For any griefer out there, the extra 8% cost is nothing.

And YMS, storage space is not an issue here. Do the math. If each character is 100K (that is a LOT of data) and you had 400,000 subscribers, that's still only 40GB. Lets go nuts and say you had a MILLION subscribers. That's still only 100GB. In these days of 300GB IDE drives and SAN's, even 1TB is small potatoes. And it's not like FF will require more data per player than other MMO games.

Yeah, gamers are whiney, and they all think companies are trying to ream them. But in this case, they are right.

I'm so glad I gave up on FF and its ilk back in the SNES days!


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