Play Online Black Hole
PlayOnline was originally conceived as an all-in-one solution to house multiple types of game content. At the “Square Millennium” event in Japan on January 28, 2000, Square announced Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, and Final Fantasy XI, with the last scheduled to release in the summer of 2001, and that they had been working on an online portal called “PlayOnline” with Japanese telecom company NTT Communications, which would feature online games, chat, email, online comics, Internet browsing, online shopping, sports, and instant messaging. The service was first announced as costing ¥500 for monthly membership and a ¥1000 monthly user fee. Final Fantasy XI, then nicknamed “Final Fantasy Online”, was the first game to use the online service. The WonderSwan Color portable gaming system was also planned to be able to connect to PlayOnline through an adapter connected to one of the PlayStation 2’s USB ports. PlayOnline opened on June 6, 2000 to both Japanese and English speaking countries with news about upcoming software titles, interviews, and wallpapers. The site’s merchandise included pieces from Parasite Eve, Vagrant Story, Chocobo Racing, Front Mission, Chrono Cross, and Final Fantasy.