It’s been 14 years since Final Fantasy XI launched in Japan, and while the august game might be slowing down a bit, it sure isn’t stopping. The game’s last version update took place last week, and now there are a whole pile of things to do for the game’s 14th anniversary, starting with a new anniversary celebration giving players the chance to befriend crabs. You fought them for ages to level up, and now they shuttle you to your destinations; it’s a bit like the circle of life.
This year’s anniversary celebration also includes a new round of the Mog Bonanza lottery and the usual adventurer appreciation moogles fluttering into the cities to celebrate your accomplishments. If you’ve got a long-standing love of Vana’diel and its inhabitants, it’s a perfect time to pop in, remember old times, and maybe party with a crab or two along the way in the game that has a “maintenance mode” more active than some non-maintenance titles.