After dating the game in Europe, Square Enix has announced the North American release dates for both versions of Final Fantasy XIV. Final Fantasy XIV will debut on PC in North America on September 30, 2010 and on PlayStation 3 in March 2011. The Collector’s Edition for PC will be on out on September 22, 2010, though, for those who want to start playing in advance.
As we’ve stated in the European post, this voids producer Hiromichi Tanaka’s just recent statement that “the current plan” was for “a simultaneous launch” across both platforms.
The standard PC edition goes for $49.99 while the Collector’s Edition goes for $74.99. Here’s what you’ll get in the Collector’s Edition:
- IN-GAME ITEM – Collector’s Edition preorders will include a reward code to receive an exclusive in-game item, the Onion Helm.*
- EARLY ACCESS – Play 8 days prior to the release of the Windows PC Standard Edition (timing of access subject to initial server capacity).
- BEHIND-THE-SCENES DVD – Get an insider look at the making of FINAL FANTASY XIV, with exclusive video content, interviews and more in this special documentary DVD.
- SECURITY TOKEN – A FINAL FANTASY XIV–branded Security Token for use with your regular password.
- TRAVEL JOURNAL – Record your travels in this beautifully bound journal filled with pages of never-before-seen concept art.
- RIGHT OF PASSAGE – Redeem a voucher to receive your fully-personalized Right of Passage Certificate, each stamped with a unique serial number.
- AMANO COVER – Special PC Collector’s Edition illustration by renowned artist Yoshitaka Amano.
- FREE GAMEPLAY – Free gameplay for 30 days.
- GAME DISC
- GAME MANUAL
Monthly subscription to play the game is $12.99 – which isn’t bad at all. Both versions of the game come with thirty days free.
“This September, players around the world will join together to explore the fascinating and exciting realm of Eorzea,” said Hiromichi Tanaka, Executive Producer of Final Fantasy XIV. “We’re presenting players with a new style of online gameplay that we know will please avid fans of online games, while welcoming more casual gamers with a variety of gameplay and story-driven content.”
Those who’ve registered their Final Fantasy XIII codes packaged in the game box can apply it to the PC version of Final Fantasy XIV, if they’d like. Those who do so will receive the Asuran Armguards, an in-game item that enhances the effectiveness of their characters’ equipped arm or tool.
The final box art, collector’s edition contents, and a load of new screenshots can be seen at the gallery.