The Chinese market for MMOs is immense, but it's also a market that's proven remarkably resistant to foreign intrusion. (We don't need to recount the whole saga of World of Warcraft
over there.) But in addition to launching nearly everywhere else, it looks as if Final Fantasy XIV
will also be going into the Chinese market
in a partnership with Shanda Games Limited
. This comes after Square-Enix
CEO Yoichi Wada
had mentioned a year ago that the company wished to pursue business partnerships with companies inside mainland China.
Shanda Games Limited will most likely be operating the servers for the game, which will remain separate from the "normal" servers -- the only region-locked servers that the game is currently set to have, as a point of fact. There's no word on when the game will launch, either, simply that it is in the pipeline for release
thanks to the new partnership. The rest of the world, of course, will get to start enjoying Final Fantasy XIV
on the 30th (or the 22nd with the collector's edition).
[Thanks to FusionX for the tip!]