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Final Fantasy XI exceeds 120,000 users; North American release in question?

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Square now has a reported 120,000 users registered on the PlayOnline servers, closing in on the 200,000 mark needed. Despite decent numbers, is Square reconsidering North American and European releases?
Bloomerang reports that Square has recently reached the 120,000 Final Fantasy XI/PlayOnline user mark, roughly 60% of the userbase Square requires to break financially even. However, it may not be possible to break the mark any time soon were PlayOnline only available to Japanese gamers. Registrations have increased slowly since the service was introduced in May, most likely due to a botched launch and rabid bugs that plague the system.

Despite Square's possible inability to garner ideal numbers in Japan alone, Games Are Fun is reporting (probably after considering EGM's recent hint of the same nature) that Square is rethinking their strategy to expand Final Fantasy XI to a worldwide audience due to the inability to allocate proper resources, thus putting a Final Fantasy XI release in both Europe and North America in jeopardy.


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I don't think I have the money for the PS2 hardware needed to play FFXI, nor the hardware to play the PC version, but I think that MMORPGs are more popular here than they are in Japan.

Maybe Square should try its luck over in Korea. They're multiplayer gaming fanatics.
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Not like I was gonna buy it anyway... No loss...
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Hell, im happy with Everquest atm.
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I DON'T THINK FFXI IS GONNA BE ANY GOOD AT ALL (THIS COMIN FROM ME THE BIGGEST FF FAN THERE IS!!) I MEAN I WILL HAVE TO SEE I'M GETTIN THE HARDWARE TOMORROW SO WE'LL SEE I'LL KEEP YA POSTED THE.........FF.........
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WELL I AM HOPEING FOR IT AND DARK EQ IS GAY. WELL IF WE DONT GET IT ONLINE THATS JUST OTHER FF WE GET FRAG OVER WITH.YOU ALL KNOW THAT FF5 WE DID GET THAT GAME BUT NOT INTILL WHAT 98 99 AND NOW AND MAYBE THIS.
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