Final Fantasy XIV online to charge extra per character

Square Enix just announced September 30 as the official release date for Final Fantasy XIV, priced at $49.99 (U.S.).

They also revealed a cool looking collectors edition which actually has a release date set for September 22 at $74.99, eight days before the regular edition comes out.

What does this mean? Gamers that pick up the collectors edition can start playing eight days before everyone else.

It sounds cool on paper, and will definately entice some gamers into picking it up, but don’t forget, most MMOs are plagued with problems during the first week or two. And, for those first eight days, there’s a little warning that access is limited to server capacity. So, all my fall down when everything goes live on the 30th as well.

But, as with anything, we’ll just have to wait and see.

The Collectors Edition also comes with an in-game item (The Onion Helm), a behind-the-scenes DVD, a security token (for use with your password), a travel journal (art book), a token for a right of passage (some sort of certificate) and cover art by Yoshitaka Amano, if that means anything to you.

Both editions get 30 Days of gameplay free.

Then you start paying, and that’s where things get tricky.

Per month, it will cost you $12.99 U.S. That includes one player character, and one retainer (which is an NPC used to carry around your extra items and junk).

However, each new character you want to add to your account, will cost you an additional $3.00 per 30 day period. Each retainer will cost you $1.00

You can have up to eight characters on your account. So, for a full eight characters and retainers, that will be roughly $41 a month. Pretty hefty.

It seems pretty harsh, having to pay extra just to create a new character, when I can just jump on any other MMO and create, create, create! without having to pay a dime extra.

If you want to determine whether or not it’s worth it, you can try to get in the next beta phase at http://entry.ffxiv.com/na

System Requirements are as follows:

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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 the 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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The PS3 version will be coming out March, 2011. No pricing has been announced yet.

To contact the author of this post: aaron.chatha@wildgunmen.com

Comments (26)

  1. Chad Birch says:

    FFXI has always charged extra for every character, and this is basically the sequel, so it’s not really a shock.

    The unique thing about FFXI (and FFXIV) that makes this more justifiable is that you can switch jobs whenever you like. I have 7 jobs at level 75 in FFXI on one character. In any other MMO that would have required creating 7 characters.

    Assuming that XIV works similar to XI, there shouldn’t be any reason at all to have extra characters except to use them as storage mules.

  2. Nick says:

    Plus you can always delete your original character if you decide to go a different route (like race) without being charged extra.

  3. Fo sho says:

    The only problem comes when you want to create a new character of a different race, then you run into trouble. i.e. you’re better off paying the 3 dollars extra a month if your only character is a Galka and you want to be a mage class (rather than bust your balls trying to get the appropriate gear that can bridge this stats gap).

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