Yeah the SE account system is required for XI. No payment or registration information is handled through POL at all.
Honestly, the PC version of POL could be dropped down to a single login screen at this point.
____________________________FFXI: Catwho on Bismarck. Once again a top bard on the server: Dardaubla 90 on 1/6/2014
FFXIV: Katarh Mest on Lamia - Member of The Swarm and the League of Extraordinary Crafters
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.