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Final Fantasy XI prepares its last anniversary year update for December

At this point, we would like to point out to our readers that Final Fantasy XI is in maintenance mode and has been for the entirety of the year. That has not stopped it from having monthly updates all throughout its 15th anniversary year, nor does it mean that December will be devoid of updates. A new Dynamis-Divergence area is on the docket, sending players into Bastok with the promise of significantly fewer hecteyes and scorpions than before.

Your rewards for going into that realm? More relic reforging, of course, this time for hands. You can also hop into Ambuscade to take on a fight against Harpeia enemies, or enjoy the usual array of bugfixes and quality-of-life improvements. Or you could just log in and enjoy the fact that the game in maintenance mode has a reliable and excellent update schedule. It’s all pretty great.

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Wisdom of Nym: Speculating on the next few years of Final Fantasy XIV expansions

My friends, I can see the future for Final Fantasy XIV. And by “see” I mean that I can guess at it with reasonable reliability.

As we move into the holiday theory, I figured it’d be fun to lay out a large-scale theory about the game’s future that’s based on a fairly thin slice of evidence that has every reason to turn out wrong or misguided. You can feel free to look back in the past and evaluate my history for yourself, if you’d like; as someone who has been writing about the game for years, I have lots of predictions for you to draw upon to see how well I tend to do at predicting the future. (About 60-75% accuracy, or something like that. Far from perfect.)

So let’s speculate, starting with the assertion that’s going to perhaps set up the biggest bit of debate: We have three more large boxed expansions coming. Anything after that is very much up in the air.

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Massively Overthinking: What are you grateful for in the MMORPG genre?

I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for the first time in my life this month, and it turns out that it’s freaking hard. Why? Because it’s humbling beyond belief. The list of things I need to be grateful for is endless. Even if I limit it to just Massively OP, I could go on thanking the writers all day. Instead of doing that again, this year I want to thank the spouses and roommates and SOs and other familial enablers of our writers, without whom this site probably would not exist. The reality is that in many cases, their love, support, financial maneuvering, and childcare behind the scenes allows us to keep writing. So thank you, to all of them – Paul, Joy, and Elaine especially – for helping us live this weird dream.

Now let’s turn it to the genre itself. What are you grateful for in the MMORPG genre?

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Wisdom of Nym: Speculating on Final Fantasy XIV’s future job from the past of the series

Speculating is fun, as I’ve opined in the past. We’re a while away from the next Final Fantasy XIV expansion, obviously, but one of the interesting things about the game as it stands is that we have already nearly exhausted the usual suspects for likely future jobs. Seriously, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I keep databases about these things; most of the jobs that show up in multiple games with job systems or the equivalent have already showed up by now or have fundamental structural issues with FFXIV.

So, for this bit of future speculation, I want to start by talking about the jobs that I imagine are still on the table from the past. I’m leaving out the ones that are almost certainly off the table, either for reasons that I’ve discussed before or because they don’t really work with job mechanics as they stand (don’t hold out hope on getting Onion Knight). From the remaining jobs we could turn to, which ones have some odds of showing up?

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The MOP Up: EVE Online eases you into its universe (November 12, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from KurtzPelPath of ExileThe Black DeathSMITEEVE OnlineDreadnoughtHeroes of the StormTERA MBattleriteDragon Quest RivalsFinal Fantasy XIAionPokemon GoVendetta OnlineIngress, and Old School RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!

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Perfect Ten: A list of all the MMORPGs I supposedly hate

Did you know about all the MMOs I hate? I sure as heck didn’t! I mean, I knew there were a few games I hated (Scarlet Blade, Alganon) and some that I have pretty poor feelings toward for various reasons (Star Citizen, EVE Online, League of Legends, H1Z1: Kash of the Kow), but those are also games I discuss only in particular circumstances.

Yet thankfully, I have been informed over the near-decade of writing about MMOs that there are a number of games I thought I liked but that I do, in fact, hate. This was a surprise to me, but I think that for purposes of comprehension, it’s best for me to list for reference all the games that I apparently utterly despise. It’s all very confusing to me, but I’m confident that by sharing and making the occasional off-color joke, I’ll be able to decipher it all.

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Final Fantasy XIV brings back its Final Fantasy XI celebration event

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of Final Fantasy XI, and Final Fantasy XIV wants to celebrate that milestone. But how? Why, with a trip back to the Final Fantasy XI celebration event, naturally. It’s good for old fans of the game, for players who missed the celebration the first time, or just people who can’t get enough of seeing a character from one game cross over into another game.

Characters who have already completed the event once will not be able to clear it again, of course (although they can feel free to participate in the event FATEs along the way). Clearing the full quest line opens up a set of cosmetic armor based on Iroha’s outfit from FFXI and FFXIV. Just be sure to take part in the event before it goes away on November 29th if you’d like to get the appropriate garb; the crossover starts on Friday, November 10th.

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The MOP Up: Eden Falling brings the turn-based apocalypse (November 5, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from MapleStoryWorld of WarcraftRendEverQuest IIDevilianHyper UniverseEden FallingWar ThunderNeverwinterMaster X MasterFinal Fantasy XIRagnarok OnlineDota 2Old School RuneScapeKurtzPel, and Kritika Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Check out the final product of the Final Fantasy XI community memories

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Final Fantasy XI, and you may recall that the game’s fans took the time to assemble an entire book’s worth of memories about the game during its 15-year run. The book is finished and has been given to the development staff, but they’re not the only ones who get to enjoy the fruits of the community’s labor, as a full PDF of the book can now be viewed and downloaded by fans.

You can also check out a gallery of some pictures of the print edition that was offered to the team. Some content has been excised from the online version due to requests for privacy, but regardless, it’s fun to see a labor of love come together like this. Even if you’ve never so much as set one foot in Vana’diel, you can tell that the people who have care about it a great deal.

Source: Reddit; thanks to Reseph for the tip!

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Final Fantasy XI provides login bonuses, discounts, and returning campaign boosts

Saturday will mark the 14-year anniversary of Final Fantasy XI releasing in North America. If you’re one of the many players who enjoyed the game a long time ago, you may not be aware of all the things that have changed in the game, and you may think that it’s not worth the effort to catch up with the expansions and head back. Good news, then; the game is putting forth several campaigns in early November to help returning players catch up in levels, grab previously limited items, and otherwise ease back into the title as a whole.

The campaigns allow you to jump back into the game free of charge, gain massively improved experience and job point rewards, and get a number of previously time-limited items just for logging in regularly. There’s also a sale allowing you to pick up everything in the game for $10 as well as grabbing a world transfer for $10, thus letting you catch up on the expansions and swap to a populated server for less than the full game would normally cost. Whether you’re a returning veteran or a brand-new player, that’s a pretty good deal.

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Perfect Ten: 10 reasons MMO characters seem truly insane

We all like making the occasional observation about the weirdness inherent in video games, but most of us also recognize that what we’re really doing is poking fun at the anthropic principle. The real reason NPCs tend to fight rather than just fleeing at the sight of us is, well, the alternative isn’t particularly fun to play. It’s part of an acceptable break from reality, and for most of us, we are willing to accept that fact with a bit of tongue-in-cheek prodding.

What I don’t see very often, though, is an appreciation of the really insane part: What all of this looks like from the perspective of the NPCs – because however many breaks from reality we accept from the game, we are the real breakers of immersion.

Consider, for a moment, that you’re an NPC. Imagine that you have full knowledge of the fact that this is a video game (there’s an old humor blog entry that sums things up nicely). Now imagine that you’re watching PCs. You would quickly come to the understanding that player characters are nuts. Why? Well…

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Final Fantasy XI prepares for a spooky harvest festival

You honestly can’t scare Final Fantasy XI players with anything short of a shutdown notice at this point, so if you were hoping for this year’s Halloween event to be a terrifying collection of wraiths and shades, you will be sorely disappointed. If you were hoping that it would give you a chance to ride around on a chair flanked with monster heads, though? You’ll get exactly that, apparently by taking part in this year’s trick-or-treat antics across the major cities.

Of course, that’s hardly the only event you can take part in. Jump into one of the game’s costume contests and have a shot at winning some new pudding-themed costume pieces. Help out some novice exorcists in driving out harmful spirits. Work with moogles to drive out actual supernatural beasties crawling through the cities. The event runs from October 24th through November 6th, so there’s not much time to do everything, but there’s no shortage of things to do for the Halloween season.

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Perfect Ten: Why no one should recommend World of Warcraft ever

Last week, MOP’s Justin (friend to man and beast alike) posted his list of MMOs he would recommend people play. It was a pretty good list! It wasn’t the list I would have written, but that’s why we’re separate people and not a single fused mass pulling ourselves along on withered, inhuman appendages. That would cause lots of problems in our respective marriages, for one thing. Also, it’d probably render us ineligible to collect multiple paychecks.

One thing I did not ask, however, was why he didn’t include World of Warcraft as a game he would recommend, even though some of our readers wondered it aloud. I would think that the reason for that would be pretty obvious, given that it was a list of Justin’s recommendations. But because I do love being contrary, there’s a good list of reasons why no one, ever, should recommend World of Warcraft as a game to be tried. Under any circumstances. Let’s even make it a nice round dozen reasons… but then subtract two, for no good reason.

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