Here’s how Final Fantasy XI’s maintenance mode is going down

    
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Players of Final Fantasy XI are unlikely to be happy about the fact that the game has moved into maintenance mode for the future, with new clients and spinoff titles planned for further development. But it can be helpful to at least understand why the change happened. A translation of producer Akihiko Matsui’s answers to fan questions has been made available on the official forums, offering an in-depth explanation for the shift.

Matsui explains that the game’s original coding as a PlayStation 2 game has made development hardware increasingly difficult to procure and maintain, and as the years have gone on it has become necessary to alter the game’s operations based upon revenue. In short, developing on the obsolete console is no longer possible, and the game just doesn’t have the budget to justify a wholesale switch. The producer goes on to answer other fan questions regarding changes, including easing content restrictions and maintaining the subscription model.

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AndrewClear
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AndrewClear

Agreed. Game was made for a controller, the keyboard is a joke, mouse more so.

AndrewClear
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AndrewClear

Lol precision? This game would be easy on mobile due to the fact that you just hit auto attack and macros.

AndrewClear
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AndrewClear

If you do the math of at least 700 subs per server they are making around 1.6 million a year in revenue. Seriously doubt they are reinvesting all of that in XI. Sad to see that they won’t even leave a small team to make new armor or upgrades for armor to grind for.
The PS2 dev environment is funny. The PC erosion isn’t compiled into aPS2 game and emulated, it has its own pipeline. If they can make a mobile version without the PS2 they can add more crap to the PC without one.
What I got from reading it is that the mobile will be their answer to the revenue, but altering a lot of the game mechanics and making it a different version, to gain more users, while stopping support of any other versio of XI isthircostcuttingmodel. They wantthebestofbothworldsand are going topics off oth in the process.

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lanzceseirra

thatchefdude they also mention that they are and will discontinued PS3, 3.0 is the last PS3 FFXIV will have.. 4.0++ PS3 users will have to dump it and go for PS4.

devin007
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devin007

This game has aged pretty well I still think it looks pretty good

TheDynamis
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TheDynamis

Golden_Girl Wratts Greaterdivinity That’s true, but with the updates it looks like a modern game, albeit with a unique artstyle.

Fantastico
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Fantastico

This game had an amazing run.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Wratts Greaterdivinity Until recently, people were still subbing to Asheron’s Call.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

omedon666 Enikuo It really seems like they’re willing to change it once the game has been in maintenance mode for a while.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

RicharddeLeonIII NobleNerd Or they could push it to the limit and go full Turbine.