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!]
SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Code of Conduct | Edit Your Profile | Commenting FAQ | Badge Reclamation | Badge Key

87
LEAVE A COMMENT

Please Login to comment
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
EduardoFranco
Guest
EduardoFranco

man…. its so sad they shutted dwon the servers

Frigidchick
Guest
Frigidchick

skyfiredancer Frigidchick Yeah, I hear some former FFXI players talk about that. Most former FFXI players talk about how shitty FFXI was. Others, we tell them to kindly take their butts back to FFXI. 

So, it took a nearly decade to make the game playable for everybody? Too little, too late. I would never go back to that shitty game.

skyfiredancer
Guest
skyfiredancer

Benjamin Seeberger yes, especially since the game has so much freaking content to begin with, if you are an OCD gamer like me, that there is tons of things still left to do, to level, to kill, to quest for.  I’ve been playing since 2007 and I still have a long to do list.  On top of that, I take time out to help new gamers with quests, missions and limit breaks

skyfiredancer
Guest
skyfiredancer

Frigidchick hate to tell ya, but a lot of FFXI players left to play FFXIV and you’ve been playing with them for some time.  I’m sorry you had such a bad experience 9 years ago, but not all FFXI players are jerks.  I have 14 level 99 jobs and I go out of my way to help new players on a regular basis – even gifting gil to help get them started.

Also the game has changed drastically since you played – no one forms partys in all the old camp sites to level grind.  A lot of leveling is done solo with the help of Trusts, NPC fighters that you can summon to fight with you.  Depending on how far you are into the story line you can summon 4 or 5 Trusts…..pretty much create your own party.  The Trusts come in all different jobs and fighting styles, so you can balance your group yourself and take on pretty prowerful mob by yourself.

Please don’t let a bunch of jerks from 9 years ago color your view of FFXI…..because they don’t rep all FFXI players

skyfiredancer
Guest
skyfiredancer

puertoricansf787 with the addition of trust, NPC fighters that you can summon to fight with you, that range in every fighting and job style, you don’t have to wait for a party for everything anymore.  You can solo level very very easily and take on bosses.  There are instances where you do need groups for certain job combos, of couse, but there is a new Yell feature that reaches people a cross Jeuno, Whitegate and both new area East and West Adoulon

puertoricansf787
Guest
puertoricansf787

I loved this game I stop playing about 4 years ago and I miss it so much….I played it since the1st day it came out….I really wish they would make more games like this…it was hard as hell I do have to agree….u could not do anything with out a party but that was the fun part of it…you had to interact with people….I’m playing ffxiv now and it’s cool and everything but my heard will belong to ffxi. I still type /l all the time hahaha

Frigidchick
Guest
Frigidchick

I didn’t have a good experience with the game. It was just awful. The players were elist jerks. Everyone had the social skills of a rabid hippo. I also got stalked. You couldn’t accomplish anything unless you you begged these creeps and jerks to form a party.  When you got the party, no one wanted to do anything until you begged a power leveler to bore themselves to death and help. It took hours to kill one enemy. The game felt like work—only I was paying to work, and be constantly bullied.

No, I left that horrible game 9 years ago, and could care less about it. I can’t believe that game lasted as long…. and with those outdated graphics. I guess when bullies and creeps find a place together they stick with it.

When SE sent me a questionnaire asking me about my experience with FFXI and what would’ve made it better—I let them have it. I’m surprised they gave me a beta key for both FFXIV 1.0 & FFXIV ARR. 

As long as FFXI players don’t think they can migrate over to FFXIV and bring their BS to our domain, I could care less.

noviiescobar
Guest
noviiescobar

Nacho Biz If I could like this comment 1000 times, I would. I was there when people spent hours camping. If you had an Empress hair pin or bounding boots you were the shit. When people praised you for new gear or joining a party you were previously in an earlier day grinding for hours. The deadly Valkurm dunes… man those Gobs had movement +40% I swear lol.
Amaaaaaazing game. Back when it really took a dedicated ls over a year to build a relic and everyone on the server knew who they were and spoke about them even if they didnt know them. Best social experience period. I still have some of my friends from back then. It almost feels like a brotherhood.
I played back in ’06ish. I remember seeing the ps2 with like 10 discs and an expansion pack and knew it’d be huge since multiplayer was such a strange thing at the time. Really sad to see this game go.

AaronTallman
Guest
AaronTallman

Fresh Meat Midgetsnowman Nacho Biz Atmas have been nerfed for a long time now.

AaronTallman
Guest
AaronTallman

AndrewClear Oleg Chebeneev Free to play will kill it. Subscription is definitely the way to go.