Final Fantasy X goes offline
[11.21.00] » Citing a slow start for PlayOnline, Square
nixes FFX's online components.
Due to difficulties setting up their ambitious
online service, Square has announced that the launch of a fully-operational
PlayOnline has been pushed back to winter of 2001, with tests beginning
in March. Final Fantasy X, which was to feature an online strategy
guide, will still go out on its projected date of March 2001. Unfortunately,
the proposed PlayOnline compatibility will have to be cut.
While the lack of an online guide will not likely
be a big blow to fans, it may be to Square. Without Final Fantasy
X as an introduction to the service, the success of the PlayOnline
may rest solely on the online-only Final Fantasy XI. Tests for that
much more experimental game will begin with PlayOnline's launch in
the winter, with full service expected by spring 2002.