LONDON (July 26th, 2005) - Square Enix Ltd. announced today that their upcoming Xbox360 version of their hugely successful multi-platform MMORPG will be on show to the attendees of the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, which runs from August 17-21. Presentations will take place at both Square Enix's own stand, situated within the NGL Gaming Arena, and at Microsoft's Xbox stand. European gamers will get their first look at the next generation gateway to the world of Vana'diel where 500,000 other players from across the globe already adventure.
At the Square Enix stand, there'll be FINAL FANTASY XI characters created specifically for the show, and gamers will be able to explore some of the fantastic areas within the game. There'll also be special Leipzig giveaways including a specially produced CD-ROM containing a brand new FINAL FANTASY trailer and a link page to download a free trial version of the title.
For more information on the Leipzig conference, please visit http://www.gc-germany.de/. The website is available in both German and English. For more information on FINAL FANTASYÂ® XI, please visit www.playonline.com.
About FINAL FANTASYÂ® XI
FINAL FANTASYÂ®XI gives PC owners the rich gaming experience that Square Enix has been bringing to game consoles for years. Published by Square Enix Ltd, FINAL FANTASYÂ®XI includes both the previously released Rise of the ZilartTM and the new Chains of PromathiaTM expansion packs, as well as Tetra MasterÂ®, the wildly popular and addictive mini-game from FINAL FANTASYÂ®IX.
In FINAL FANTASYÂ®XI, players undertakes multiple adventures through vast environments in the world of Vana'diel, which has more than 100 areas to explore, including mountains, forests, glaciers, deserts, oceans, rivers, castles and dungeons. Players travel through these areas using various modes of transportation including chocobos, ferries and airships. Incorporating time and climate changes, ranging from daytime to evening, blazing sunshine to dense fog and thunderstorms to heavy snow, Vana'diel's persistent world is comprised of unique nations: the Republic of Bastok, known for industry and might; the Kingdom of San d'Oria, a proverbial city within a fortress, and the Federation of Windurst, founded on the fruits of knowledge. While these nations enjoy a friendly relationship on the surface, territorial expansion is a constant and natural desire for their leaders, causing an underlying antagonistic tone. Players must choose one of these nations as their home and carry out quests and missions not only to benefit their nation but also uncover the past, present and future of Vana'diel.
The game allows players to create an alter ego who will exist in the world of Vana'diel, choosing from a variety of races, facial features and hairstyles. Gamers can play at their own pace and form parties by utilizing the various communication tools that have been incorporated into FINAL FANTASYÂ® XI, including easy-to-use chat and messaging systems. Players will become immersed in an expansive, original story that not only includes fighting for the glory of their nation, but also non-battle related skills such as alchemy, leathercraft, goldsmithing and fishing. While players may start out on their own, as they advance, they will realize the advantages and enjoyment found in joining parties. Communication and interaction with other characters and the environment are key as gamers create a new fate for the world of Vana'diel.
FINAL FANTASYÂ® XI System Requirements
The system requirements for FINAL FANTASYÂ®XI for the PC are as follows: Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP, IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® III 800Mhz or higher, 128MB RAM, 7.5GB hard drive space, DirectXÂ® 8.1, DirectXÂ® 8.1-compatible sound card, CD-ROM drive, keyboard, mouse, 56K or faster connection, and NVIDIAÂ® GeForceTM video card with 32MB of RAM or ATIÂ®RADEONTM 9000 series graphics card (AGP). The game's screen text is English, with full customer support (including the 24-hour in-game support) in English, French and German.
FINAL FANTASYÂ®XI is a multiplayer online game which is played over the Internet via a broadband or dial-up connection on the PC. Players are required to have an Internet connection and register via PlayOnline, a network service created by Square Enix, which provides a wide range of services and entertainment including online games, online entertainment and communication. PlayOnline not only serves as a portal to the world of FINAL FANTASYÂ®XI, but it is 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 create personalized PlayOnline identities or "handles" that allow other players to communicate with them, no matter where they are on the PlayOnline network. These basic services on the PlayOnline network are free of charge. For more information on PlayOnline, FINAL FANTASYÂ®XI and Tetra Master, please visit the official PlayOnline web site at http://www.playonline.com.
About Square Enix
With its headquarters in Tokyo, 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 â€“ FINAL FANTASYÂ®, which has sold over 63 million units worldwide and DRAGON QUEST (DRAGON WARRIORTM in Europe) which has sold over 39 million units worldwide â€“ 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. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.co.jp .
Square Enix Ltd is a 100% subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. and is based in London, England. It handles operations in Europe, including localisation, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix Ltd. can be found online at www.square-enix-europe.com.
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