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Final Fantasy XI

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Square-Enix
Developer: Square-Enix
Release Date: April 18, 2006 (US), April 21, 2006 (EU)

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'Final Fantasy XI' Gets Euro Release Date

by Judy on Aug. 6, 2004 @ 1:25 a.m. PDT

In Final Fantasy XI, players undertake multiple adventures through Vana'diel, a complex gaming world with more than 100 areas to explore.

The European version will come complete with the expansion packs "Rise of the Zilart " and "Chains of Promathia ", and is targeted to launch at the same time that Chains of Promathia will become available to Japanese and North American gamers. This will bring the entire game to a worldwide audience for the first time.

The Chains of Promathia expansion pack brings a new chapter to the story of Vana'diel , providing brand new missions and quests while expanding the world to previously unseen areas. Fabled legends will also be realized in Chains of Promathia. As the mysteries of Vana'diel are unraveled, additional secrets will be discovered in this intricately designed expansion.

Pricing and Payment

The European retail package will consist of 7 CD-ROMs and is priced at around 50 Euros. 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, is also included in the package and is available for $1.00 (USD) per month.
Payment for all monthly access charges must be made by a credit, debit or prepaid card with the Visa or MasterCard logo.

FINAL FANTASY XI System Requirements

The system requirements for FINAL FANTASY XI for the PC are as follows: Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP, Intel Pentium III 800Mhz or higher, 128MB RAM, 7.5GB hard drive space, DirectX 8.1, DirectX 8.1-compatible sound card, CD-ROM drive, keyboard, mouse, 56K or faster connection, and NVIDIA GeForce video card with 32MB of RAM or ATI RADEON 9000 series graphics card (AGP). The game's screen text is English, with full customer support (including the 24-hour in-game support) in English, French and German.

About FINAL FANTASY XI

FINAL FANTASY XI gives PC owners the rich gaming experience that Square Enix has been bringing to game consoles for years. Published by Square Enix Ltd, FINAL FANTASY XI will include both the previously released Rise of the Zilart and the new Chains of Promathia expansion packs, as well as Tetra Master , the wildly popular and addictive mini-game from FINAL FANTASY IX.

In FINAL FANTASY XI, players will undertake multiple adventures through vast environments in the world of Vana'diel, which has more than 100 areas to explore, including mountains, forests, glaciers, deserts, oceans, rivers, castles and dungeons. Players travel through these areas using various modes of transportation including chocobos, ferries and airships. Incorporating time and climate changes, ranging from daytime to evening, blazing sunshine to dense fog and thunderstorms to heavy snow, Vana'diel's persistent world is comprised of unique nations: the Republic of Bastok, known for industry and might; the Kingdom of San d'Oria, a proverbial city within a fortress, and the Federation of Windurst, founded on the fruits of knowledge. While these nations enjoy a friendly relationship on the surface, territorial expansion is a constant and natural desire for their leaders, causing an underlying antagonistic tone. Players must choose one of these nations as their home and carry out quests and missions not only to benefit their nation but also uncover the past, present and future of Vana'diel.

The game allows players to create an alter ego who will exist in the world of Vana'diel, choosing from a variety of races, facial features and hairstyles. Gamers can play at their own pace and form parties by utilizing the various communication tools that have been incorporated into FINAL FANTASY XI, including easy-to-use chat and messaging systems. Players will become immersed in an expansive, original story that not only includes fighting for the glory of their nation, but also non-battle related skills such as alchemy, leathercraft, goldsmithing and fishing. While players may start out on their own, as they advance, they will realize the advantages and enjoyment found in joining parties. Communication and interaction with other characters and the environment are key as gamers create a new fate for the world of Vana'diel.

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