In 2015, Final Fantasy XI waved farewell to major updates with the release of Rhapsodies of Vana’diel, a sweeping story encompassing all the expansion stories as the final new scenario for the game. Except it turns out that was a dirty lie because it appears that the big new announcement that was originally going to coincide with the fan gathering was revealed on the latest Japanese livestream as a new scenario currently in development.
So that has completely put an end to the fiction that the game is in any sort of maintenance mode, hasn’t it?
The two points to caution are that “scenario” could mean a variety of things, from “new story content in existing zones” to something more elaborate; at this point, the details aren’t available just yet. No doubt more details will be clear when this is translated into English and leading up to further news. But regardless… five years after the book seemed to be closed, it looks like there are a few more pages left to add.