final fantasy xi

Official Site: Final Fantasy XI
Studio: Square Enix
Launch Date: May 16, 2002 (in de facto maintenance mode as of November 10, 2015)
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Subscription
Platform: PC, PS2, Xbox 360


Final Fantasy XI offers up a new spear for its June login campaign

As is the case every month in Final Fantasy XI, there's a new set of rewards for logging into the game starting on June...
It's not exactly a spell in the traditional sense.

Final Fantasy XI is making Black Mage tweaks in the June version update

No longer will Black Mages be forced to use Merit Points in order to learn the second tier of Ancient Magic spells. That's one...
Pictured: Magic, probably.

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers tour: The magical DPS

Unlike with the melee DPS, magical ranged damage actually had one of its members that changed a whole lot. Hooray! But the other two...
Time is a closed circle.

Final Fantasy XI developers share plans for the future of the game and ongoing development

If you've ever thought to yourself that Final Fantasy XI updates so reliably that it really shouldn't be called a maintenance mode, you're not...
Hey, it's okay.

Final Fantasy XI celebrates 17 years of operation today with a new all-in-one installer

Gosh, Final Fantasy XI is still running after 17 years. Yes, today marks the 17-year anniversary for the title from its launch in Japan,...
It's not exactly a spell in the traditional sense.

Final Fantasy XI kicks off the Mog Bonanza and free A.M.A.N. vouchers

Do you feel lucky, Final Fantasy XI players? That's the fundamental question behind the next two events upcoming in the game's 17th anniversary celebration...
Wrong turtle!

Final Fantasy XI lets you shell out for an Adamantoise mount with its newest login campaign

There's nothing quite like the joy of looking at monsters in the world of Final Fantasy XI and knowing that one day you'll be...
So, bye.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs are not the same as your single-player games with servers

Recently, I've been trying to get into Bloodborne. This isn't a result of my disliking the Souls franchise as a whole, just that it's never...
For you it's all in a day.

Final Fantasy XI prepares for the Feast of Swords and White Mage adjustments

It's the end of an era in Japan. That's not figurative; the transition to a new emperor means that it's the end of the...
Not pictured: Egg.

Final Fantasy XI kicks off its annual Egg Hunt Egg-stravaganza on April 15

It's almost time for the denizens of Vana'diel to run around desperately hoping to find a set of eggs that spell out important words...

The MOP Up: Grab your Harry Potter nickname now!

When Harry Potter: Wizards Unite arrives later this year, by which name will you be known and feared? Lord Scooby? Mr. Cheddar? Fluffybutticus?...

Perfect Ten: Suggestions to make World of Warcraft Classic feel more authentic

One of the things that I tell people going back to Final Fantasy XI now is that the game is, well, a different...

Final Fantasy XI makes Rangers faster and adds new monthly objectives

Rangers are just faster with the newest version update for Final Fantasy XI. They don't move faster, but with Velocity Shot down to a...
What are we even doing here?

Wisdom of Nym: A measured response to Naoki Yoshida’s mystery project

Well hello there, news on April 1st. I really have a tendency not to put much stock in anything revealed on April Fools' Day because...

Choose My Adventure: What Legends of Aria taught me about sandbox MMORPGs

As much as I enjoy the new guard of MMORPGs, with their quick-hit content and action combat models, I'm also not completely ignorant to...
Returns of at least moderate happiness.

Final Fantasy XI introduces monthly Records of Eminence objectives with its April update

There's a lot of stuff to be gotten from Final Fantasy XI's Records of Eminence, but a lot of what you're getting amounts to...
Well... whoops.

FFXIV Fan Festival Tokyo 2019: Travel to the First with Hrothgar and Dancers

The third and final Final Fantasy XIV fan festival for Shadowbringers kicked off on Friday evening in by North American time schedules. We...

Massively Overthinking: Designed downtime in MMORPGs

In a Daily Grind not long ago, MOP reader Armsbend said something I thought just cried out for discussion. After noting that he...
Surprises are relative at times.

Final Fantasy XI development is focusing on something ‘that can surprise everyone later on’

The amount of support that Final Fantasy XI gets in a declared maintenance mode is in and of itself surprising, but that is apparently...

Massively Overthinking: MMOs as distraction vs. culture

Earlier this month, there was a fascinating conversation swirling around a Gamasutra article by Bryant Francis, specifically a quote from game dev Patric Mondou. "We're...