March 2011 is the new date for the console version. A PC special edition will go on sale September 22nd for early access, along with goodies.
Subscriptions have been unveiled for the PC version of FFXIV and they are £8.99 (€12.99) for a month, but for more characters you will need to cough up £2.10 (€3) extra each month to support them to a maximum of 8 character slots per account.
Non-playable characters - retainers - which maintain items that are for sale and are helpful for storage while you are logged out with cost 70p (€1), aside from the first which is free. Pricing for the PlayStation 3 version will be announced later.
A Collector's Edition of Final Fantasy XIV Online includes early access, a making of DVD, a security token, a tumbler that's branded, a map, a journal, a free guest pass, and the usual 30 days free playtime, reports.
Pre-orders also net themselves an in-game item, the Onion Helm, which speeds up recovery after you've had your virtual rear handed to you. Standard copy pre-orders get Garlond Goggles which speed up skill progression.
A beta program for Final Fantasy XIV Online is due to go live early this month, that's July (check your calendar!), andfor EU and PAL regions.