The trial for FFXI didn't include extra characters, so I would assume it'll be the same with ffxiv.
While I don't know before that, I CAN tell you that with the NA release of the PS2 version of FFXI, it DID include extra characters. You got 30 days free from the trial including any additional characters. After 30 days providing you didn't cancel any of the IDs, it charged you a pro-rated fee for the remainder of that month and when the next month came up it billed the pro-rated fee and fee for the new month in one lump sum. So we're probably gonna see the same here.
EDIT: And in regards to FFXI, whenever you purchase or renew an content ID it never charges right away, instead it charges the following month. Example:
You renew one character.
Total fee: $0.00
Your character from last month is still active into September.
Total fee: $25.90 (Billed on September 2nd. Fee for character reactivated last month is billed together with September's fee.)
You still have one character active and decide to buy a new content ID this month.
Total fee: $12.95 (Billed October 2nd. Since you didn't buy any new IDs last month it doesn't charge anything additional other than October's fee.)
You now have two characters active and don't buy a new content ID for this month.
Total fee: $14.95 (Billed on November 2nd. You purchased a new ID last month and kept it active into November so it charges you the $1.00 fee for October and the traditional $13.95 for November's fee of two characters.)
You have two characters active but decide to cancel one character this month.
Total fee: $13.95 (Billed on December 2nd. Both characters were still active after the last day in November so it charges you the regular rate for this month.)
You only have one character active and don't renew/cancel any other charaters.
Total fee: $12.95 (Billed January 2nd. Since you canceled your other character last month it only charges you the fee for a single character.)
So as you can see, renewing an ID or cancelling an ID doesn't charge you right away, instead it bills the ID (character) with the next month's fee. Ideally, if you're strapped for cash and won't have the funds until the end of the month you can renew and then cancel it right away again. The character will remain active until the end of the month and you'll only be charged for that month at the start of the next month. Now with FFXIV unless they change the billing so you're billed immediately after the free trial period the above example should work with FFXIV too. Come October 22nd CE players will be pro-rated for the remainder of that month which will be billed in one large lump sum at the start of November with the following month's fee.
That should be the same with any additional
characters created during the free trial phase of FFXIV, as long as you cancel the characters before
October 22nd you won't face any additional fees other than your first character. By the way, I think only the Collector's Edition receives the free 30 day trial as part of the package. Standard Edition doesn't get a free 30 days. Then again it was a Gamestop employee who told me this and they aren't always the most informed individuals... (I have no ill towards Gamestop, I shop there all the time for my games.) Edited, Sep 17th 2010 12:26am by SamusKnight Edited, Sep 17th 2010 12:32am by SamusKnight