Square Enix U.S.A., Inc.
("Square Enix U.S.A."), the publisher of Square Enix(TM) products in
North America, announced that FINAL FANTASY® XI for Windows®, the first online
title in the world-renowned series, ships to North American retailers today.
FINAL FANTASY XI for Windows will include the "Rise of the Zilart(TM)"
expansion pack and other applications on five CD-ROM discs, and carry a
suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD). FINAL FANTASY XI for the PlayStation®2
computer entertainment system is scheduled for release in March 2004. The first
cross-platform, cross-continent massively multiplayer online role-playing game
(MMORPG), FINAL FANTASY XI allows gamers to connect to the same exact world
regardless of whether they are playing on a personal computer (PC) or
PlayStation 2 and whether they are playing in North America or Japan.
The extra $1 per character is to stop a gaming balancing problem they had in beta. It stems the tide of useless new characters. It has nothing to do with greed. Perhaps a beta person can step in here and explain?