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.