PC Final Fantasy XIV players to be rewarded for helping PS3 newbs

PS3 owners are eagerly (er, some of them, maybe) awaiting their chance to play the latest Final Fantasy MMO when FFXIV comes out next year. But they'll start with one distinct advantage - all the PC players, who will share the same online world, have already been playing the game for several months.

To help balance the scales of console inequality, Square Enix has said it is looking into ways for PS3 gamers to get a head start.

Game director Nobuaki Komoto said in an interview with Famitsu magazine that existing groups in the game will somehow be rewarded if they allow a new player to join in. Details on other features to help PS3 players jump into the game, however, were not discussed.

In the same article, though, it was also confirmed that the PS3 port of the game is 100% complete.

Producer Hiromichi Tanaka admitted the game had to be scaled down, just slightly, to be able to fit the PS3 specs. Textures will not be quite as crisp as they are on the PC, but Tanaka said the differences will hardly be noticeable.

Make no mistake, though. The PS3 version is all coded and finished. The Square Enix staff is just running through to make sure everything works without a hitch.

Players on both platforms share the same world, just like Square Enix did with the Xbox 360-PS2-PC release of Final Fantasy XI. The Xbox 360 dropped out of this one, though, because Microsoft has since changed its stance on multi-platform online games. Any Xbox 360 game that goes online cannot communicate with any other online community.

The PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV should be out by March 2011.

[Source: IGN]

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  • mattdark - November 20, 2010 7:59 a.m.

    A little worrying that the PS3 version is already '100% finished' Guess that means we will see a bunch of downloads on day one to make up for all the 'fixes' they are making to the PC version.
  • jmcgrotty - November 20, 2010 7:25 a.m.

    Slowdrum13 and Crazyer, the question in irrelevant. This game will be offline before the PS3 version ever sees the light of day.
  • crazyer - November 20, 2010 4:16 a.m.

    does anyone know if its gonna be pay to play like the pc version
  • Fenny12 - November 20, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    Here, I'll help all the future PS3 players of FFXIV. Buy a different game. *FF victory tune*
  • Tenfey - November 20, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    Are they rewarded with a dildo up the asshole? Because that is all Final Fantasy XIV can deliver.
  • freeyourthoughts - November 19, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    you mean they'll start with a distinct disadvantage, right? or else the next clause makes no sense.
  • Scoob - November 19, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    @LordGremlin: I honestly can't think of how it is possible that they could make it hard to play using keyboard and mouse short of disabling the use of the mouse. Even then, a keyboard alone is still better for quickly navigating menus and such so long as hotkeys are setup. But if it faces such huge control limitations, it's no wonder the game is failing on PC. You would figure they would take lessons from Blizzard on designing a solid MMO UI.
  • LordGremlin - November 19, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    @Scoob : FFXIV interface is heavily Dualshock 3 oriented even on PC, it's a pain to play it with mouse and keyboard.
  • slowdrum13 - November 19, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    so will it be pay to play like on pc, or will it be included in the price of admission like a normal game?
  • ventanger - November 19, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    ...what is that man on the left wearing? What...what... I... ugh. WHAT IS THAT??! Eff this game.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - November 19, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    "Any Xbox 360 game that goes online cannot communicate with any other online community." XD HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... but I'm sort of looking forward to this. Sorta. As long as it's better than the reviews said...
  • Scoob - November 19, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    I don't even know if I would want a console player in my same group unless they also used a mouse, keyboard, were capable of running Ventrillo or a similar service, and if being limited to a console negatively affects their ability to run a solid custom UI if need be. Granted I have not played Final Fantasy XIV, but my experience playing other MMOs gives me good reason to believe a player with just a controller is going to be at a distinct disadvantage with this genre.
  • Killshot - November 19, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    exp bonuses and increased drop rate should be more than enough too allow any newb into a party.

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