After the recent magazine leaks
, today Square Enix announced that the official http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/ is live.
The battle and job systems will be different than the one previously used in Final Fantasy XI, which utilized experience points, and that the character races and monsters will resemble those found in Final Fantasy XI to allow players to create avatars similar to ones created in Final Fantasy XI.
Group play has been de-emphasized, and now solo and group play have been balanced... while weapon use will alter "character development".
The Web site contains new screenshots, a trailer and details on the game world's storyline, locations and races. There's also a brief overview of the game's mechanics, including the various skillsets a player can specialize in.
For those curious, Final Fantasy XIV will be heading to Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows in 2010.
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