E3 2003: SCEA announces Final Fantasy XI
Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today information about the launch of Final Fantasy XI in North America.
Thursday, May 15, 2003 - After months of uncertain announcements, Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today information about the launch of Final Fantasy XI, the new instalment to the Final Fantasy series, in North America. The game, already available in Japan, is the first online title in the series, a Massive Multiplayer Online RPG. Sony stressed the fact the game is “cross-platform and cross-continent”, meaning that it which allows gamers to connect to the same exact world regardless of whether they are playing on a PlayStation 2 or a personal computer.
(Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2003, 1:58AM GMT)
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Final Fantasy XI makes use of the Network Adapter (Ethernet/modem) and the upcoming internal hard disk drive, with 40GB capacity, to allow players to connect online, either via broadband or dial-up connection, and join in a truly "persistent world" that keeps evolving, growing and developing, even when gamers are not playing. Players must create their alter ego that will exist in the world of “Vana’diel”, customising their characters by race, sex, country of origin, and numerous physical traits.
"We are excited to bring the Final Fantasy series online with PlayStation 2. gameplay, numerous regions and always evolving worlds make Final Fantasy XI one of the largest, most in depth online adventures ever created, " said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Final Fantasy XI will revolutionize console gaming with the ability for gamers to join others on quests and adventures regardless of whether they are playing on a PlayStation 2 or a PC. It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience."
Unfortunately, players shouldn't expect to play the game in a few months. The expected launch date for Final Fantasy XI and the Hard Disc Drive in North America is early 2004.