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During a press conference this morning Square Enix has announced the future of its MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, which is entering its 14th year in May. The producer of Final Fantasy XI, Akihiko Matsui, has posted an announcement on the official website.

Adventurers of Vana’diel, I have an announcement to make.

In a short time we will be commencing a new series of content known as “The Vana’diel Project,” which aims to expand the scope of Vana’diel as we head into the future.

As part of this tremendous initiative, we have announced new scenario content known as “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel.” This scenario will bring fresh story content and weave together the tales we have told across thirteen years of Vana’diel. Both the development and operations teams are working harder than ever before to deliver this package to you.

We have also announced FINAL FANTASY GRANDMASTERS, a new creation set in Vana’diel, and a native app project based on the MMM (Massive Multiplayer Mobile) concept. Keep your eye on these projects as they revolutionize the way players experience FINAL FANTASY XI.

FINAL FANTASY XI’s major version updates will conclude with the November 2015 iteration, when Rhapsodies of Vana’diel is scheduled to reach its thrilling climax. We will, however, continue implementing ordinary version updates that focus on balance adjustments and bug fixes. Additionally, service for the PlayStation® 2 and Xbox 360® versions will end on or around March 2016, and we will focus our efforts on the Windows® version. Feedback posted on the forums and obtained through other avenues will inform quality of life improvements and balance adjustments, so do not hesitate to tell us your thoughts and opinions.

Take the opportunity to see, hear, and feel Vana’diel as it exists today—a Vana’diel created not just by the developers, but by each and every one of you.

We eagerly await you in the land of Mithra and moogles.

March 19, 2015
Akihiko Matsui, Producer, FINAL FANTASY XI


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Last week Square Enix has presented their financial results over the last 6 months ending 30 September. In the previous news item it was already mentioned that since the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn the game has been a success. The game has sold approximately 1.1 million physical copies and 350,000 downloadable copies. The current number of active players has exceeded 600,000, which has already exceeded the peak of Final Fantasy XI. They did also announce three strategic changes to the digital entertainment business that they're going to take.


Western studios will shift focus to and focus on the production of online-based titles. Also the price model will change from fixed to other earning models (like F2P). Nosgoth, a F2P battle action game taking place in the Legacy of Kain environment that is currently in development by Psyonix for PC, was cited as an example.

Studios in Japan will accelerate the production of titles for smart devices. Titles like Dragon Quest VIII and Final Fantasy Agito will be available soon. Last change that Square Enix is going to take is to expand in Asia and to release Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn in China.

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On VanaFest 2012, a two days event that celebrates a decade of Final Fantasy XI, the 5th expansion has been announced for the MMORPG called Seekers of Adoulin.

This expansion will feature Adoulin as new continent in the west of Vana'diel with new area's to explore, new adventures and two new jobs: Geomancer and Rune Fencer. The expansion will be released in 2013 on PC and Xbox 360. Artwork can be found on the official website.

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Square Enix has decided that the game servers of Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV will be temporary shutdown due to the massive earthquake in Japan last Friday.

Due to the continuous earthquakes occurring in the eastern regions of Japan since Mar. 11, 2011, the power companies in Japan have encouraged everyone to cooperate by conserving as much energy as possible as it is feared there will not be enough power supply. Based on the current situation, we have decided to shut down the game servers temporarily, and therefore to suspend services of FINAL FANTASY XIV, FINAL FANTASY XI, and PlayOnline temporarily.

The services will be temporarily suspended for at least a week starting on Mar. 13, 2011 3:00 (PDT). We will provide an update regarding the reinstatement of the service as additional information becomes available. In connection with the temporary suspension of services, players will not be billed for any PlayOnline service throughout the April billing cycle. Additional information regarding this matter will also be posted as it becomes available.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding of this unusual situations.

Square Enix

According to the latest issue of the Japanese Dengeki PlayStation Square Enix will port Final Fantasy XI to the PlayStation 3. Final Fantasy's MMORPG was released on the PlayStation 2 and PC back in 2002 and for the Xbox 360 in 2006.

Dengeki PlayStation  

I think they're a little bit late with it.

One week ago Square Enix has announced that they will release another compilation of Final Fantasy XI that has the latest expansion pack Wings of the Goddess together with the three another expansion packs.The package will be released for PC (Windows) and Xbox 360 in Europe on 23 May and is called Final Fantasy XI 2008 Edition.

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess will be released in Japan and North America on 20 November 2007 and in Europe 2 days later for the PlayStation 2 (not in Europe), PC and Xbox 360. Please bare in mind that the new content will be accessible on 22 November.

Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess is the forth expansion to the Final Fantasy XI universe and will add new locations to explore and the new job Dancer will be available. A screenshot has been released showing the new job.

» Screenshot of new job Dancer

Last week Square Enix banned around 5,750 PlayOnline accounts and temporary suspended around 1,250 accounts from Final Fantasy XI. Most of them were banned due to using a third party tool or using Gold sellers. With the termination of these accounts 6.4 billion gil were removed from circulation.

Square Enix will continue to hunt down players disobeying the agreement to ensure a balanced and fun environment for Final Fantasy XI.

Source: PlayOnline

On the Square Enix Party the company also has announced the new expansion for Final Fantasy XI called Wings of the Goddess. The add-on will feature new areas, more quests and jobs, big battles and you can travel through time.

The expansion will be released for PlayStation 2, PC and Xbox 360 and will be available in Winter 2007 in Japan, the United States and Europe. Here are the first screenshots of the 4th expansion.

» Screenshots: 1, 2, 3

Square Enix's MMORPG Final Fantasy XI will have its next version update in early June. In the new version will be a new, large-scale battle system, as well as additional Assault Missions, Aht Urhgan missions, quests, monsters, merit point abilities, and more! More details will be announced shortly.

Source: PlayOnline


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