Final Fantasy XI feels a bit neglected with all of the hype surrounding Final Fantasy XIV‘s expansion, doesn’t it? That’s probably part of the reason the development team is hosting a livestream on Thursday at 3:00 a.m. EDT regarding the future of the game. (It makes more sense when you consider, you know, Japan.) What will be announced in that stream, though, is still up in the air, with nothing but the very vague promise that it will concern the game’s future.
The most reasonable assumptions would be that the game is swapping business models, dropping support for an older platform, or shutting down altogether. None of these quite fits the character of Square-Enix‘s usual livestream events, however, which are generally more celebratory and encouraging. It seems odd to imagine that the game would be announcing another expansion, but it’s not outside of the realm of possibility, nor is it unbelievable to think that the game might move into a quiet maintenance mode. We’ll find out on Thursday, when we’ll all get surprised by the fact that the game is launching a single-player version and bringing back Tetra Master.[Source: Gamer Escape]