Final Fantasy XIV System Specs, Release Date, and Pricing Detailed
Forget that stupid benchmarking software they set up for Final Fantasy XIV for a moment. Let’s talk about a couple of things related to Final Fantasy XIV that make it a hell of a lot more awesome. Like the release date, pricing information, and system specs of the game.
The game will come out on the PC on September 30, with two different editions: a standard edition that comes with 30 days free gameplay for $49.99 and a Collector’s Edition that will set you back $74.99. The Collector’s Edition comes with the following goodies:
-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.
For those wondering about the monthly upkeep, the monthly subscription fee will be $12.99 with additional characters available for $3.00 a month. You can register a total of eight characters on one account. Furthermore, each account essentially gets one free retainer (a “non-playable character that maintains item sales and storage when users are logged out”) with each additional retainer costing ($1.00).
That last bit sounds almost like some sort of mule system where I get a squire who will sit down and hawk my goods for me when I’m asleep. It’s a little creepy, and potentially scary for an economy if there are a few thousand people sitting down hawking their wares in a capital city, but I’m hoping it’s not what I’m imagining (which is a throwback to Ragnarok Online where there were no auction houses or brokers).
Finally, if you’ve been wondering what the actual specs are for the game… you can find them below.
Windows XP SP3
Windows Vista 32bit / 64bit SP2
Windows 7 32bit / 64bit
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (2.0GHz)
AMD Athlon™ X2 (2.0GHz)
Windows XP: 1.5GB or higher
Windows Vista / Windows® 7: 2GB or higher
Install: 15GB or more
Download: Space on the hard drive where My Documents is located should be 6GB or more
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 series or higher with VRAM 512MB or more
ATI Radeon HD 2900 series or higher with VRAM 512MB or more
DirectSound compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0c or higher)
Broadband Internet connection or higher
1280 x 720 or higher; 32bit or higher