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#1 Oct 23 2010 at 8:40 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ever since it was announced that the PS3 version would be coming out half a year later, I decided that I would play on two accounts so that I could possibly dual box, have characters in different areas for whatever reason, etc. I also thought this would be a good way to be able to play either character on either version of the game.

However, it turns out that, according to the manual, you must register a code to your service account in order to use a different platform. That is, in order to play on both PC and PS3 you have to buy both versions of the game rather than just buying one and installing the other. Thus I'm left with deciding between playing on one account and paying full PS3 price for the ability to also play on PS3, or having one account bound to a specific platform (or buying four copies of the game, but I doubt that will happen).

After looking around though, it seems the buddy pass included with the collector's edition I bought might in fact be a full registration code with no need to purchase the game after the trial period runs out. If that's the case, then starting my second account now with it might grant that account the ability to play on both PC and PS3 if I buy the PS3 version later.

So the first question is if anyone has been able to verify this; can a buddy pass-created account continue to just pay monthly fees without purchasing the retail version or do we not know for sure yet? If it's not true, I'd also like to know that I can still attach the PS3 code to it later so that I don't steal a character name from myself, although I doubt anyone would know the answer to that.

I'm also curious about the account system in general. I assume if I just pay the fee for another character slot I can't log in two characters on the same FFXIV account at the same time. But can I have two FFXIV accounts on the same SE account and log into them at the same time, or would I have to have two SE accounts? And if I can put two FFXIV accounts on the same SE account, will my own buddy pass even work to do that?

Hopefully someone else out there who has tried to dual-box or is in a similar situation due to sharing an SE account or something has encountered some of this and knows the answers first-hand. Or at least maybe some people have a better understanding of SE's crazy account system than I do. Please try to keep the "why do you want two characters when you can play all classes on one character?" responses to a minimum, thanks.
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#2 Oct 24 2010 at 6:07 AM Rating: Excellent
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Several threads posted on this topic already; this one has most of your answers:
http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?game=268&mid=1287160839237312577#msg1287192703243528455

Yes, it is a full retail key. I've given my brother my buddy key and he's got a full copy of the game, complete with 60 day trial for registering before the 25th, and requirement of billing information for after the trial.
Yes, you can play both accounts from the same SE account (when you log in, you'll get an option to select which XIV service account to access. *Disclaimer: This I have not tested, just repeating what was stated elsewhere by a CSR.

Speculation: Buddy pass is just a full retail key for the PC version, and works in every way identical to a standard edition key. You should be able to link the PS3 account to it later.

And yes, just buying a second character slot only allows you to access one character at a time.
I don't know about the Buddy Pass on your same SE account, but I think it would work; I doubt they're actually bothering to keep a link between CE main IDs and buddy pass IDs, since the buddy pass is a full retail key.
#3 Oct 24 2010 at 6:10 AM Rating: Excellent
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Ilmoran wrote:
Several threads posted on this topic already; this one has most of your answers:
http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?game=268&mid=1287160839237312577#msg1287192703243528455
I did read that thread. It's where I got most of my information and I had intended to link to it but I guess I forgot. It just seemed like things were unclear still since they weren't out of the free trial period yet.

Thanks for the answers.
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#4 Oct 24 2010 at 10:52 AM Rating: Default
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wouldn't adding another character to your current account be a better choice? i mean afterall its a lot cheaper to add a new character than paying another service account plus the character...

then again some people just loves to waste their money and the satisfaction that comes with it, i just personaly don't think their game is worth having 2 account with the current system and bugs
#5 Oct 24 2010 at 3:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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kick53rv3 wrote:
wouldn't adding another character to your current account be a better choice? i mean afterall its a lot cheaper to add a new character than paying another service account plus the character...

then again some people just loves to waste their money and the satisfaction that comes with it, i just personaly don't think their game is worth having 2 account with the current system and bugs
I had two characters on the same account in FFXI and I always regretted not having the second one on a separate account. Being able to trade without using the mail system (which FFXIV doesn't even have yet so I'd need a second person until they add it), and just being able to do some things with two characters on my own sometimes would be great.

In FFXIV, extra characters cost $3 too, so a second account is only $9 more instead of a whole new subscription more. Not to mention that if I get it done today, I get 60 days free with that character, and hopefully the game won't be "with the current system and bugs" by the time I actually have to pay for it.
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