Final Fantasy XIV PC collector’s edition offers early access to the game

We were all assuming that this would be happening, but now it’s finally confirmed. Final Fantasy XIV will be coming out for the PC and is scheduled to release on September 30, 2010. Square Enix has also released details on the game’s special collector’s edition, which will let players access the game 8 days before the game releases.

Other goodies include an exclusive in-game item called the Onion Helm, a behind-the-scenes DVD that looks at how the game was made, and a Security Token that you can use with your password, and a bound Travel Journal with concept art. The collector’s edition’s box will also feature an illustration by Yoshitaka Amano, who has done work for Vampire Hunter D, Speed Racer, and a ton of other Square Enix games.

Above: The regular version is scheduled to release on 9/30/2010. But Final Fantasy fans who pre-order the collector’s edition will get to start playing on 9/22/2010

The beta phase for Final Fantasy XIV is scheduled to begin in early July, and the system requirements for the beta were also announced.

Operating System: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista 32bit / 64bit SP2, Windows 7 32bit / 64bit
CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo (2.0GHz), AMD Athlon X2 (2.0GHz)
Memory: Windows XP: 1.5GB or higher, Windows Vista / Windows 7: 2GB or higher
HDD/SSD Space: 15GB or more. Download: Space on the hard drive where My Documents is located should be 6GB or more
Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 9600 series or higher with VRAM 512MB or more. ATI Radeon HD 2900 series or higher with VRAM 512MB or more
Sound Card: DirectSound compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0c or higher)
Internet Connections: Broadband Internet connection or higher
Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher; 32bit or higher
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c

You can head to the official Final Fantasy XIV site to sign up for the beta and download benchmark software to see how the game will run on your rig.

Jun 30, 2010