SHIPS TO NORTH AMERICAN RETAILERS AUGUST 16TH Join Hundreds of Thousands of Players Online with the Easy to Install All-In-One Package LOS ANGELES, Calif. (JULY 26, 2005) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix interactive products in North America, today announced that FINAL FANTASY XI: The Vana’diel Collection will ship to retailers on August 16th, 2005. Including the expansion packs Rise of the Zilart,and Chains of Promathia as well as Tetra Master, the wildly popular and addictive mini-game, FINAL FANTASY XI: The Vana’diel Collection will provide the easiest installation ever of the first cross-platform, cross-continent massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) on one DVD. The special gold foil All-In-One packaging will carry a suggested retail price of $29.99. FINAL FANTASY XI subscribers will receive their first 30 days of access without charge. In addition, the package will include a Vana’diel Buddy Pass which allows a friend to create an account and play the basic FINAL FANTASY XI game free for 30 days. Also included is an iTunes Collector’s Card for a free music download from the FINAL FANTASY XI Collection. “It’s never been easier to experience and enter Vana’diel with the new, easy to install DVD,” said Yasu Kurosawa, North America Online Producer, Square Enix, Inc. “I hope that this package will bring in the fans who have been curious but a little thrown off by the previous installation methods so they can finally enjoy all the great features FINAL FANTASY XI has to offer.” “We are very pleased to be able to bring FINAL FANTASY XI to gamers in a much more accessible package,” said Ichiro Otobe, President and COO of Square Enix, Inc. “Since the launch 3 years ago, FINAL FANTASY XI has constantly evolved, always incorporating the demands of players, so I think the newcomers will really enjoy the experience that awaits them in Vana’diel.” About FINAL FANTASY XI A blend of sorcery and technology, the once peaceful world of Vana'diel stands at the brink of war as a power struggle slowly emerges between three nations. The struggle focuses on the control of crystals, the essential source of all creation. An unknown force rises in Vana'diel with a hunger for the energy within the crystals… In FINAL FANTASY XI, players undertake multiple adventures through Vana’diel, a complex gaming world with hundreds of areas to explore. The gaming universe contains the award-winning visual content, innovative gameplay, and deep storyline that the FINAL FANTASY series is famous for. The inclusion of the Rise of the Zilart and Chains of Promathia expansion packs expand the storyline and allow an even greater variety of jobs, higher-level skills, and abilities. Massive additions have recently been made including a bevy of new spells, abilities, items, equipment and quests as well as new systems such as guild points, merit points, fishing, and Ballista rankings. New areas have also been added, opening up an even larger environment to explore. About PlayOnline™ FINAL FANTASY XI is a multiplayer online game in which players interact via the Internet. It is playable via broadband or dial-up connection on both the PC and PlayStation 2. FINAL FANTASY XI is accessible only through the PlayOnline network service, a network service created by Square Enix. Launched in October, 2003, PlayOnline provides a wide range of online services and entertainment, including games and communication. Thus, PlayOnline not only serves as a portal to the world of FINAL FANTASY XI, but also a gateway to several other applications including communication tools such as email, messaging, a “Friend List,” games, support, downloadable files, and audiovisual customization. Players will create personalized PlayOnline identities or “handles” that allow other players to communicate with each other no matter where they are on the PlayOnline network. These basic PlayOnline services are free of charge. For more information on PlayOnline and FINAL FANTASY XI, please visit the official web site at FINAL FANTASY XI: The Vana’diel Collection ® System Requirements for Windows® The minimum system requirements for FINAL FANTASY XI: The Vana’diel Collection are as follows: Windows 2000/XP, Intel® Pentium® III 800Mhz or faster processor, 128MB RAM, 8GB hard drive space (for FINAL FANTASY XI,,Rise of the Zilart, and Chains of Promathia expansion packs), DirectX® 8.1 compatible sound card, DVD-ROM drive, 56K or faster Internet connection, and GeForceä series or Radeonä 9000 series video card with 32MB of RAM. About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix brings two of Japan’s best-selling franchises – FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 63 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST™, which has sold over 40 million units worldwide – under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation. Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at . # # # © 2005 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. Title Design by Yoshitaka Amano. FINAL FANTASY, TETRA MASTER and VANA’DIEL are registered trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd. SQUARE ENIX, PLAYONLINE, RISE OF THE ZILART and the PLAYONLINE logo are trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd. Windows and DirectX are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iTunes and iPod are trademarks of Apple. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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just a thought
# Sep 13 2005 at 1:17 PM Rating: Decent
sorry this post somehow was placed on this thread when I posted it but at the time it was somehow linked to what I was posting about sorry about this

Edited, Wed Sep 21 12:14:36 2005
# Jul 30 2005 at 11:05 AM Rating: Decent
How can you arrogantly say you feel jipped? You paid so much for the game because you wanted it sooner than now, everything drops in price over time, especially technology and media. EVERYONE knows this. You already knew this would eventually happen. However, I do feel for those of you if you just bought all the FFXI software two weeks ago. That just sucks. /comfort

Edited, Sat Jul 30 12:19:05 2005
Gold Box!
# Jul 28 2005 at 3:46 PM Rating: Good
175 posts
Sweet! A gold box! No one can resist the gold box. I'm going to buy 3 of them. WOOHOO! Go Gold!
?!?!?! @@@ ful Have ffxi rise ,Cop
# Jul 28 2005 at 10:57 AM Rating: Decent
>.< don't need big money !!!
video card $80.00 , Pc ffxi $45.00 and Cop $20.00
playonline $13.95 per mo. ffxi game $1.00
don't Need Buy NEW Later !!!!!!!!!

Blm 61  
whm 57

war 32
nin 27
Linkshell: balliardgods Or Darklove

thx se
# Jul 28 2005 at 10:01 AM Rating: Good
331 posts
makes me glad i spent $130 for mine....
#REDACTED, Posted: Jul 27 2005 at 2:37 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I just give a BIG *LOOOOL* to that sh-it. You know, I live in Berlin and bought this Game last Year in the September. I bought a FULL Package of FFXI, Chains of Promathia and Rise of the Zilart for fu-ck-ing 20€.
Meeting Transcript
# Jul 27 2005 at 8:36 AM Rating: Good
98 posts
Hey guys, I just used my contacts to get the transcript of the meeting they held about this new thing - here it is, posted for ya.


Joe: Hey Bob, I just had a great idea!

Bob: Make it quick, I got a hangover.

Joe: Well, you know how we released a compilation pack for the Europeans of Final Fantasy XI?

Bob: Yea, what about it?

Joe: I had a really really cool idea! Let's re-release it!

Bob: Whoa, cool idea dude!! But wait, we gotta do something to make people think it's something really special, something they would want to shell their hard earned money on.

Joe: OK, how about, we include some nice video's of the higher end regions, maybe a battle or 2 to show people what the game is like, inspire them to go further than the boring first 10 levels?

Bob: Maaan, that means getting some of our Game Masters to play as normal characters, they wouldn't wanna do that - think about it, do you think they wanna be in a battle where they might actually get killed by something? Plus we gotta use Fraps to record the screen, and we've already told them they can't do that.

Joe: Oh yea, I forgot about that. Dang.

*a minute of silence passes*

Joe: Hey, I got it! How about we put all the files onto a single DVD? Give 'em the most up to date version we can, one that installs all the new files that have been changed since our original release, saves them from downloading them all. What'd you think?

Bob: I like the idea of putting it all onto one DVD, but updating the files? Maaaaan, that means we gotta create new masters for the CD's and get the files themselves from the boys in tech support. You know what a pain they can be! Hell it was bad enough getting them to give me a character I can use in the game! Took me 6 months, that did!

Joe: Oh, yea, of course you're right, I forgot about that too. I have one last idea for ya though.

Bob: Go on then.

Joe: We put the files onto a dvd, a straight copy of our install disks, just put them all as seperate ISO's, make a quick front-end up for it and to really make people feel special about it, to make them want to go out and buy it, we put it in gold packaging!

Bob: Hey, that might just work! Let's do it!
RE: Meeting Transcript
# Jul 27 2005 at 6:21 PM Rating: Good
756 posts
FRAPS sucks, literally (cpu). I just plug the audio and video into a digitizer and record on another comp. The DVD set isn't so bad. If you don't need it; don't buy it. As for me, I've been trying to get my wife into the game and now she's hooked. Even to the point that I barely get to play anymore. So it's time to get her her own account, and this is the perfect solution.
I think you've been smoking the Moko...
Angus of Cerberus (retired)
RE: Meeting Transcript
# Jul 27 2005 at 2:21 PM Rating: Decent
89 posts
"Meaningless meaningless, everything is meaningless and nothing is new under the sun."

This really sums it up. I think the biggest waste of a college education is getting a degree in "Business" But somehow these mindless **** ***** make assload of cash marketing the same crap over and over again. The video game industry is almost to the point of network television...the same **** over and over again.
star wars take on the price drop
# Jul 27 2005 at 6:16 AM Rating: Decent

sorry, just had to get that bit of star wars out of my system
What's new?
# Jul 27 2005 at 2:07 AM Rating: Default
677 posts
Well like it has been said earlier this bundle came out ages ago - it's basically just the euro edition (well, the only edition in the UK) with the only difference been that its all on the same disc. Which is questionable because you get less problems if you install and update everything seperately.

My little annoyance is the xbox 360 - has anyone looked at the screenies? It's miles better looking than the PC version (apparently SE has redone all textures and modelling, smoothed the animations, etc) - a PC could easily handle this so why do we get the ps2 port graphics. (No offence meant to any PS2 players, it's just that it's true - a good PC can easily handle more).

Anyway thats my little annoyance with em. Not really fussed about this so I'm off to work, see ya all later.
Facts, Life.. get over it
# Jul 26 2005 at 10:58 PM Rating: Decent
160 posts
Sorry ; FFXI has been out about three 3 years, ALL games get reduced in price by that time. FFXI and Zilart package are already 20.00 together and CoP is 20.00, they just made it easier for new people to get it all for 10.00 less on 1 disc.

Yes new people are coming, did you so soon forget about the X-Box 360? Pray for more servers.

Yes some of the games are stupid, dont play them.
You aren't the only one on the server.

And it has been a year more or less since Chains of Promethea came out. Most companies would have had an expansion by then.

Edited, Tue Jul 26 23:59:12 2005
Not SE's fault...
# Jul 26 2005 at 8:52 PM Rating: Decent
456 posts
You know, I don't get why people get mad at SE for releasing something like this for cheap.

I mean, every single company that publishes books, movies, music, games, etc does this exact same thing, unless it's a collector's edition or something.

Sure, there's not always a re-released bundle like this, but they do lower the prices constantly after it's been out for a few months/years. I mean, it's not like SE said that you get access to new quests, missions, items, whatever from getting this.

Now, if SE said that everyone buying this would also get a free scorp. harness +1 or something, I'd be a little annoyed...
# Jul 26 2005 at 7:22 PM Rating: Default
And why don't they create an opposing faction, with 5 other races you can play.

And create a Battlegrounds system that doesn't work well and pisses everyone off.

And create an Honor system that rewards griefing and camping.

And have massive problems with server lag.

And never patch new content into them game.

Oh wait... someone's already done that.

You talking bout EQ? cuz EQ sucks

Edited, Tue Jul 26 20:30:29 2005
# Jul 28 2005 at 1:27 PM Rating: Decent
I can swear he was talking about Star Wars: Galaxies (SWG) o.O
# Jul 26 2005 at 10:24 PM Rating: Decent
Nah, he's talking about World of Warcraft, the better twin from this year. (Note that FFXI doesn't count in this because it wasn't released this year.)
I have to agree with some of those points though, the honor system does suck and so does the battlegrounds for the moment, but they are updating it. Besides, this is about FFXI, not WoW.
this sucks
# Jul 26 2005 at 6:22 PM Rating: Decent
574 posts
They realised the EU version over 7, yes 7 CD's!
CD's POL x1
Zilart x1
COP x2

and they could have realised it on one frigging DVD, lazy son`s of tonberries!, that's what naffed me off about this at the start, if you ever gotta reinstall, it's a pain in the rear. If you not got a DVD on your computer, then it's that prehistoric it's not gonna be able to run FFXI, all the FF games that came out on systems able to play DVD's were on DVD, so why make the PC one like that? Every comp from about 6 years ago with DVD drives as standard.
RE: this sucks
# Jul 27 2005 at 9:46 AM Rating: Default
If you not got a DVD on your computer, then it's that prehistoric it's not gonna be able to run FFXI

I am sorry I play FFXI all the time and wow my computer has never had a dvd driver in so hmm is my computer due to it having no DvD driver so prehistoric it can not play FFXI umm I guess not when I built it about the same time the game was first released in the US so please watch the comments about the fact that what a person has or does not have making there computer no do something as I never put a dvd player in my computer because I at the time just did not want one or have the need for one so I guess you might want to make sure you know what your talking about because I know sevral computers out on the market I can buy at this moment prebuilt that do not come with dvd drivers that can run windows
RE: this sucks
# Aug 10 2005 at 3:52 PM Rating: Decent
Ok first I am sorry that my punctuation is so bad. I am sorry but you can blame the oregon school system as they were not really worried about my education and was more worried about the fact that I was slow in learning but I am working on my punctuation. As for the fact that I suposably built a a sh*ty computer because I did not want to put a dvd driver in my computer. well here is a news flash for you buddy. One at the time I did not have the use for a dvd driver in my computer but I did have a great use for a cd wrighter and at the time everyone told me that the dvd cd wrighters were all bad and that the dvd burners were natoriuse for going out really fast so insted of wasting money and getting a dvd wrighter sytle I opted to buy a cd wrighter and could not aford at the time nor did I need one to put one in and the fact is I still have no use for one as everything I need usaly does not come on a dvd but a standered cd rom.
And please rate my post down sence you seem to want to do so even though it seems all I was tring to do is point out that not all computers have a dvd drive and I was not tring to belittle berate or put you down in any way but I guess sence I do not have a dvd driver in my computer then I guess the fact that I have one of the top of the line video and sound cards a 3000 xp athlon amd and a top of the line asus mother borad is making my computer a pos like you say and as for the top of the line video and sound card I have a audigy sz2 pro and I have a geforce4 grafics card pluss over a gig of ram but then again like you said my computer is a pos becausde I never felt the need to instell a dvd driver.
RE: this sucks
# Jul 27 2005 at 2:17 PM Rating: Decent
89 posts
You're just ******** cause your grammar sucks *** and so does your computer.

DVD drives have been out for at least 5 years now. If you built your computer at the time you bought this game, and you didn't put in even a DVD reader, you built a piece of ****.
RE: this sucks
# Jul 27 2005 at 10:28 AM Rating: Good
70 posts
Holy sh*t, have you ever tried to use punctuation?
# Jul 26 2005 at 6:08 PM Rating: Decent
106 posts
When you copy and paste a text and there's a symbol in the copied text that doesn't exist in the font you're using it's replaced with a "?" Haggan was just too lazy to edit them out. That's why there are so many ?s everywhere.
RE: ?s
# Jul 26 2005 at 7:16 PM Rating: Excellent
3,473 posts
Not too lazy, just too damn many of them.
RE: ?s
# Jul 28 2005 at 4:25 PM Rating: Decent
114 posts
Search and replace?
# Jul 26 2005 at 5:59 PM Rating: Decent
lmao... ehm... sure I live in Europe and all... but we've had this pack a long time :P lol...
#REDACTED, Posted: Jul 26 2005 at 5:25 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) /sits S.E people down an talks to them.
#REDACTED, Posted: Jul 26 2005 at 7:44 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) what they need to do is add more servers and stop the gay little events like th mochi one and the doll crap. stick to the cool holidays like halloween and christmas.
# Jul 27 2005 at 4:11 AM Rating: Excellent
34 posts
you do realize that those are japanese holidays, and if we get the chance to celebrate our holidays in the game, it's only fair that the japanese players on each server get a chance to celebrate theirs too. not to mention, you don't have to take part in any event if you don't want to.
Tetra Master
# Jul 26 2005 at 4:58 PM Rating: Excellent
well as Tetra Master®, the wildly popular and addictive mini-game,

If you play this game, please raise your hand
RE: Tetra Master
# Jul 26 2005 at 10:38 PM Rating: Decent
32 posts
/em lowers his hand
RE: Tetra Master
# Jul 26 2005 at 6:34 PM Rating: Default
* Lowers his hand to the ground slowly. *
# Jul 26 2005 at 4:55 PM Rating: Excellent
740 posts
Well, I g?ess this means? ther?ll be more new pla?ers coming o? which is good f?r the e?on?my in th? long ?un. A?ter a??, It?s been a?most im?ossi?le to find ne? copies o? this g?me in ?tores for quit? a wh?le n?w.

(Sorry. Couldn't resi?t)
Raine Storme on Adamantoise,
formerly Bayou on Carbuncle.
RE: ???
# Jul 26 2005 at 6:02 PM Rating: Excellent
3,473 posts
It's "special formatting" the news program does whenever there is special characters such as the TM symbol, as well as the registered symbol in the document. THere was so many in there I couldn't take em all out.
# Jul 26 2005 at 4:42 PM Rating: Decent
1,882 posts
I saw FFXI with ROTZ and COP bundled today for 50 Euros in Belgium. Didn't have pretty wraping or anything though.
RE: pricing
# Jul 26 2005 at 5:27 PM Rating: Decent
842 posts
they've had that out for a while.
its the normal cd's just stuck together.

this is game+expansion+expansion+other free crap all on 1 dvd
Stupid question
# Jul 26 2005 at 4:22 PM Rating: Decent
Why is there so many ?'s????? lol
# Jul 26 2005 at 4:19 PM Rating: Decent
3,151 posts
Also included is an iTunes Collector�s Card for a free music download from the FINAL FANTASY XI Collection.

Uhm, you can currently rip the music from the game with a special program. Its 100%, you paid for the music all ready. Oh well, I need to gt an IPod too. . .
Rehuhu of Kujata
RE: Music?
# Jul 27 2005 at 11:09 AM Rating: Excellent
756 posts
Imagine driving up to a red light. A guy in the other lane is in his nitrous injected Honda with 50 Cent coming from his subs. You pull up next to him with San d'Oria's bagpipe music pumping out, going,
"Nah nee nah nee, nah nee nah nah nee...
nah nee nah nee, nah nee nah nah..."

Edited, Wed Jul 27 12:09:10 2005
I think you've been smoking the Moko...
Angus of Cerberus (retired)
# Jul 26 2005 at 4:11 PM Rating: Decent
Why wont they just create another expansion, to this expansion, creating horse that you can ride on and can have it with diff. colors to it and can stay in the mog house, like quest for lvl 30 or something...
RE: expansion
# Jul 26 2005 at 5:39 PM Rating: Good
36 posts
And why don't they create an opposing faction, with 5 other races you can play.

And create a Battlegrounds system that doesn't work well and pisses everyone off.

And create an Honor system that rewards griefing and camping.

And have massive problems with server lag.

And never patch new content into them game.

Oh wait... someone's already done that.
RE: expansion
# Jul 26 2005 at 7:41 PM Rating: Default
If you dont like it leave the game.
RE: expansion
# Jul 26 2005 at 8:09 PM Rating: Decent
its pretty easy to see that theyre being sarcastic. at least the second poster is. the first may just be a ineloquent hopeful. but i have the feeling that he is also being sarcastic
RE: expansion
# Jul 26 2005 at 5:22 PM Rating: Decent
92 posts
They're Chocobos, also closer to chickens or ostritches than horses :P

on the comment of releasing another expansion, why should they do that? CoP more or less JUST got released, it wouldn't be sensible to release another expansion so soon
waste, WaStE, WASTE
# Jul 26 2005 at 3:43 PM Rating: Decent
Look theres noooooo point in this unless there are new people. I mean like the guy 2 posts (which might have changed by the time ive put this) under (couldnt be bothered to check who) said
"Look kids you can buy the very same FFXI you have now on new media with different wrapping paper." which is totally true.
But fortuneately i got all the whole thing for just £29.99 (thats $52.14 for all those Americans) *thumbs up*
*EDIT: Sorry about double posting. Damn computer didnt work first time.*

Edited, Tue Jul 26 16:56:16 2005
waste, WaStE, WASTE
# Jul 26 2005 at 3:43 PM Rating: Decent
Look theres noooooo point in this unless there are new people. I mean like the guy 2 posts under (couldnt be bothered to check who) said
"Look kids you can buy the very same FFXI you have now on new media with different wrapping paper." which is totally true.
But fortuneately i got all the whole thing for just £29.99 (thats $52.14 for all those Americans) *thumbs up*
# Jul 26 2005 at 3:42 PM Rating: Decent
DAMN YOU SE!!! DAMN YOU! /em shakes his fist.
I feel jipped as well.
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