Final Fantasy XI halts updates this year with one last storyline

How long should a game last? Final Fantasy XI has had an impressive run, but its glory days are indisputably past. That’s why Square-Enix has announced that the game’s active updates will be ending this year following one final main scenario, releasing during three updates in May, August, and November. The game’s service will continue “indefinitely,” and small updates to improve balance and fix bugs will still occur, but November’s update will feature the conclusion to a main scenario drawing from the game’s full history and will serve as the final large update.

PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 support for the game will be “concluding” in March 2016, allowing the developers working on the game to enhance the Windows experience of those still playing as well as improve the mobile client. Yes, the game will be getting a mobile version through partnership with Nexon, along with a spin-off mobile game which is currently planned for release only in Japan. It’s the end of an era for Vana’diel, but the game is going out with one last hurrah, and it’s not shutting down, both of which should be cause for celebration.

[Source: FFXI forums. Thanks to Nyttyn and Matt for the tip!]
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moizeus6
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moizeus6

Sufo Nacho Biz  Sufo Nacho Biz Sadly the WoW Kiddies such as MrHappy etc. Ruined the game for us.

Satanixx
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Satanixx

Turbine did the same with AC and made it B2P with no sub.

Wish SE would do the same for FFX1. Would love to give this a try.

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

wjowski
It’s called art direction~!

wjowski
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wjowski

It’s quite humorous how this game manages to have more impressive visuals than MMOs that’re 10 years younger with twice the system requirements.

WindarFenris
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WindarFenris

I can’t help but think this is the way to have a game go… don’t deface it with a weird f2p transition and allow people to make their goodbyes for as long as they wish.  I’d like to see them go b2p for those just in it for the story museum value ect but at this point going f2p would likely cost more revenue than it would create… that or just ruin those fond memories with b2w crazyness or a sudden huge spice in easy street leveling.  You had a great run FFXI.

Benjamin Seeberger
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Benjamin Seeberger

Is FFXI exciting enough to continue with a sub model even when the team has publicly stated they will no longer be updating it? I mean, I know Squeenix is the type of company these days that if people kept paying, they’d be happy to not offer any new content, but do you think the players will actually care to keep paying once the game is officially “finished”?

Skylance
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Skylance

Here’s to the very first mmo I EVER played! Boy, was it hard. But still FF and it was still amazing to get to actually interact with other players in a beautiful virtual world. I will always remember the first time I died. After laying facedown for 10 minutes not knowing what to do and asking for help in general chat a kind and sympathetic White Mage took pity on me. He came along and found me and then cast his resurrection spell….I WAS ALIVE AGAIN! Lol, sounds so naive now but back then it was the realization of my life long dream to play games online with other real people in a meaningful way. So awesome. :)

AngelBlack
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AngelBlack

Someday the dream will end

Cindy_Adorkly
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Cindy_Adorkly

Sufo Nacho Biz I don’t feel like 1.0 was anything like FFXI to be honest. XI was regimented and had clear paths to follow and grind out. XIV 1.0 was really just a shell with a bit of freeform ‘sandboxness’. And that’s why I loved 1.0 it wasn’t like XI at all. A lot of players wanted it to be though. So we now have a little bit of XI influence in XIV.

Cindy_Adorkly
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Cindy_Adorkly

McSleaz Sufo Nacho Biz I think only half of that is true. The execs were under the impression the game was ready….. Someone (the lead) wasn’t being honest with them either.