At a press conference earlier this morning, SQUARE ENIX announced the “Vana’diel Project” highlighting the company’s plans for FINAL FANTASY XI. The storied MMORPG has been running for over 13 years now, but all good things must come to an end.
One final scenario will be released in May 2015. Titled “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel” the scenario will be split into multiple updates scheduled to release in May, August and November of this year. These updates will also see the introduction of new content, such as exciting battles and never-before-seen reward items. It will serve as the pinnacle of the FINAL FANTASY XI story, bringing together major characters and elements from more than 13 years of history.
After the final chapter of “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel,” no more major updates will be released. There will still be maintenance and balance adjustments as required. Furthermore, the PlayStation 2 and XBOX 360 versions of FINAL FANTASY XI will be shut down in March 2016, but players can continue to play the PC version of FINAL FANTASY XI beyond that date.
A special in-game event, “The Goddess’s Gala” will also be held. This is festival to thank all players who have stepped into Vana’diel over its storied lifetime. This festival will consist of numerous campaigns that have been held throughout the history of FINAL FANTASY XI.
Going forward, FINAL FANTASY XI will aim to transform into a completely new format on the mobile environment so that players can easily experience Vana’diel whenever and wherever they want. SQUARE ENIX, in partnership with NEXON, are working on native app support for FINAL FANTASY XI on mobile platforms.
Battles will be optimized for touch-screen interfaces, and feature further improvements to basic FINAL FANTASY XI systems such as jobs and skill chains, providing a speedier and more user-friendly experience, and features such as improved partying systems and solo activities enable players to find a playstyle that suits them. Additionally, dynamic events that spawn under a variety of conditions help build the world in a way that only a mobile game can.
SQUARE ENIX plans to release this native app in Japan, Korea, and North America, as well as Europe and the rest of Asia, with an eye toward release in 2016. Be on the lookout for a renewed FINAL FANTASY XI as a massive multiplayer mobile role playing game.
Did you set foot into the world of Vana’diel? What is your favourite memory of FINAL FANTASY XI? Let us know in the comments below.