Until Thursday at 4pm PDT, Steam are offering Final Fantasy XI Ultimate Collection for 50% off as part of their “Midweek Madness” sale series.

The game comes with 30 days of free playtime, but after that you’ll need a credit card to keep playing:

Notice:Included with your purchase of FINAL FANTASY XI is 30 days of free time. Additional monthly fees apply. The subscription for this game requires a valid credit card that supports Verified by Visa® or MasterCard SecureCode®.

For those customers that do not have a credit card that supports Verified by Visa® or MasterCard SecureCode®, Square Enix is able to assist you with creating an account. For additional information on this, please go here

For 50% off, this could be quite a bargain, if you’re looking to try out a new MMO without playing through the roof for it. The game was generally well received at the time of release, and could perhaps offer a “warm-up” of sorts for those of you excited for Final Fantasy XIV to come out.

The Ultimate Collection includes the following:

  • FINAL FANTASY XI: The award-winning original game

Four expansions:

  • Rise of the Zilart®
  • Chains of Promathia®
  • Treasures of Aht Urhgan®
  • Wings of the Goddess®

3 add-on scenarios:

  • A Crystalline Prophecy™ — Ode of Life Bestowing
  • A Moogle Kupo d’Etat™ — Evil in Small Doses
  • A Shantotto Ascension™ — The Legend Torn, Her Empire Born