Square has confirmed that Final Fantasy XI will support both broadband and dialup connections. Not only will Playonline be able to support both types of connections, the network will also be able to provide service to several hundred thousand people simultaneously. On the heels of this news, Square announced the game's beta testing will begin in November, in preparation for a March 2002 release date in Japan. As an added bonus, there will also be an expansion to Final Fantasy XII which will incorporate it directly with Final Fantasy XI. What the nature of this expansion will be is unclear, but this marks the first time in the series that an add-on will be available for one of the games.
On the financial side of things, Square is showing optimism on the profitability of Final Fantasy XI, reducing their projected break-even point from 480,000 to 300,000 subscribers. Additionally, pricing for the game has been tentatively set at 6000 yen, with a 1200 yen yearly subscription to PlayOnline. At this point, Final Fantasy XI has no confirmed North American release date, although the game will definitely be released here.