Final Fantasy XI ends its run on consoles

Raise a sword and salute Final Fantasy XI for its truly impressive run as a console MMO since 2002. The title is ending service on both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 today as part of its spin-down into maintenance mode, although it will continue to operate on the PC. Console players had been encouraged to switch accounts and transfer their characters to the PC version to continue their journeys.

For those remaining in the game, Square-Enix has a treat in store with its April update next week. The patch will include the mount system, a repeat of the login campaign, and a new type of battle scenario with varying difficulty levels. Final Fantasy XI may be heading to mobile devices in the future, although the studio has not talked about that project for some time.

To honor FFXI’s console run, share your favorite memories from Vana’diel in the comments!

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MosesBurgess
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MosesBurgess

Tons
of funny moments that had me crying.  My LS would laugh as I always fell
asleep during Dynamis.  I feel asleep in sky while we were fighting Kirin
and my fellow LS leader mpk’ed me.  When I was a noob player I was
standing in front of Sandy with some friends, I hear this rumble and I see at
the side of my screen this big orange thing.  I took off and zoned only to
see after I loaded in they were rolling because I ran from Titan lol.  The
crap I got from lvlin drg from so many people only to have me save countless
people and events from wipes.  I got a bunch of private messages over the
years from people asking how did I do X or thanking me.  Random players
who wanted to lvl drg was told to ask me for help.  Having one of the best
PLD’s at the time on our server make fun of me for coming drg to Sea only to
get a private message apologizing later because I saved us from a low man wipe
by keeping him alive.  I had mnk, nin, sam, smn, rdm, whm, bst.  Such fond memories with good friends.  I may play on PC eventually.

MosesBurgess
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MosesBurgess

ThatLanteshGuy  Same here brother.  Lvlin drg actually made me a better player as I had to form my own parties and plan events because most didn’t take you if you were a drg.

ArkJag
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ArkJag

Rest in peace, old friend. 

Setting up my PS2 HDD and trying to navigate PlayOnline for the first time was the most complicated thing I’ve ever done in my life.

solaru
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solaru

CHEERS TO FFXI! CHEERS TO SYNTHESPIANS of Ragnarok! The best group of people I know and grew up with!  FFXI was more then just a game, but it was the start of a wild ride of growing up and reaching out to people across the world.

Many of life’s best windfalls and experiences was in part to these great people that I spent my FFXI career with and I wish to thank Cecil, Shemi, Xell, Melk and Zen.  We’ve all parted ways and onto different paths in life, but the memories and recollections will stay gold forever.
I know I’ll be back on FFXI to finish the storyline someday, but for now I’m just happy to remember what it was back in the day.

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

thatchefdude delmontyb mourasaint There was (no sure if still is?) a free migration to PS4 for PS3 players. You lost your PS3 license, but if you have a PS4 who cares?
They’ve also explicitly stated that when they make an expansion that they just can’t make compatible with PS3, even if it’s the next one, they’ll cease making expansions for that platform.

Griffs
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Griffs

Sufo A Dad Supreme Same also. I found myself today looking for yet another another to give me that thrill that FFXI did during it’s prime. I’m very saddened this, there is just nothing and will probably never be anything like FFXI again.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

Damonvile I suppose if they allowed the 360 version to keep going maybe it could have one day been allowed on Xbox One via the backwards compatible program.

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

delmontyb mourasaint Speaking of which, they should learn from XI and no longer release future content on PS3, but offer free client download to migrate to PS4 for current PS3 players….

PS3 will hold back this game really bad just like PS2 did to XI, I mean it can barely stay at 60fps on PS4, but on PS3 XIV plays like crap and has horrendous pop-in

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

Damonvile It’s so old you could run it at 4k on a laptop from 2008

ThatLanteshGuy
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ThatLanteshGuy

Ahh, my first MMO. Had it on the PS2 HDD too heh. Got it in that bundle thing they sold way back when. My greatest accomplishment was getting DRG to 75 during the height of the loldrg phase. And I did it all with one of these bad boys. Actually it was several because they kept breaking. :(