Square Enix: Making Playing FFXIV More of a Hassle Since 5 Minutes Ago
To put it simply, Square Enix will be changing their account management system when FFXIV comes out and, in the process, appears to be discouraging me from purchasing a copy of the MMO through Play-Asia.
As I understand it (and I could be wrong on a point here so correct me if I am) people who already own Square Enix accounts and everyone who plans on creating a Square Enix account will need to register a country of residence when they sign in past September 1. Connected to the release of FFXIV, folks will also have to ensure that the copy of FFXIV they will get will need to be of the same region (either Japan, The Americas, or Europe and Other Regions) as their account.
All in all, that sort of discourages importing copies of the game from elsewhere, but I digress. What makes this rather unsettling and potentially very difficult for me is this potential scenario:
Imagine if the Philippines is not an actual Square Enix account region. This would mean I’d have to essentially tweak (okay, lie on) my future Square Enix account page when purchasing a copy of the game from an import site like Play-Asia (which has US copies for pre-order). Thus, without any information to base a purchase on, I’d have to hope that a Philippine-based credit card will be allowed to pay for a US account.
If the Philippines isn’t an actual Square Enix account region, and my credit card isn’t going to be allowed to pay for a US account, then I’m going to have to jump through some additional hoops just to be able to play the game, which may include reimbursing a friend through Paypal to pay for my sub on my behalf with that person’s US credit card.
A similarly horrible scenario will occur if Square Enix will carry that second layer of security that PlayOnline uses on the accounts they have on FFXI, which is to require you to have a Mastercard SecureSomethingorother or Verified by Visa capable credit card. Even if I do purchase a US version or wait for a Southeast Asian version of the game to come out, if the game still requires an added layer of protection that my country doesn’t support, then I’ll still have to find a friend to pay on my behalf.
Yet again, this would be another reason why I’m still gathering information before making my final decision on a purchase of FFXIV. I do believe I’ll have to try making a Square Enix account in September to see if the Philippines is a viable region.