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Final Fantasy XI

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Square-Enix
Developer: Square-Enix
Release Date: Oct. 28, 2003 (US), Sept. 17, 2004 (EU)

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'Final Fantasy XI' (ALL) Plans Final Updates, Shutting Down On Consoles In 2016

by Rainier on March 19, 2015 @ 10:50 a.m. PDT

In Final Fantasy XI you embark on numerous adventures through vast environments in Vana'diel: a persistent world with over a hundred areas to explore, ranging from mountains, forests, to oceans, castles, and dungeons.

The “Vana’diel Project” for Final Fantasy XI, entering its 14th year of service, is coming this May.

Final Fantasy XI and Vana’diel, the fictional world that forms its setting, have continued to evolve alongside the many players that have adventured there in the years since the official launch in 2002, and this project aims to further expand FFXI and continue to satisfy its players for years to come.

The Final Scenario

The first chapter in the final scenario of the Final Fantasy XI story, “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel,” will be released alongside game updates taking place in May 2015.

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. The epic tale will come to a close in three parts that are scheduled to release in May, August and November this year. These updates will also see the introduction of new content, such as exciting battles and never-before-seen reward items.

After the final chapter of “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel,” the major updates to the game will cease, but maintenance to fine-tune content will continue. Operation of game services for the PS2 and Xbox 360 platforms will cease in March 2016, but players can continue to enjoy the Windows PC version of Final Fantasy XI beyond that date.

Further, “The Goddess’s Gala” in-game event will also be held - a festival to thank all players who have stepped into Vana’diel over its storied lifetime. This festival will consist of numerous campaigns to be enjoyed by all - from those who still play regularly, to those who have taken a break from adventuring.

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