Final Fantasy XI, the first MMORPG in Square Enix’s longrunning JRPG series, was a massive success and proof that the Final Fantasy formula was easily adapted into other genres.
The game has enjoyed a long shelf life, and the PC version is still being played by dedicated players. The PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 versions of Final Fantasy XI, meanwhile, ended its service in 2016.
It is common for great MMORPGs to survive long after their release. World of Warcraft, for example, is still being updated and played to this day.
What is weird is that although Final Fantasy XI is still being played, a full-blown sequel, Final Fantasy XIV, has already been released.
Yet, even today, it seems that the era of Final Fantasy XI isn’t over just yet. Its official 20th anniversary website, We Are Vana’diel, is regularly being updated with all-new content.
Whether it is new artwork from series artist Yoshitaka Amano, or special interviews with the original development team, it seems like fans can expect a lot more as we draw closer to the game’s 20th anniversary..
There’s even a detailed timeline of Final Fantasy XI’s history, chronicling the game’s launch, expansions, and behind-the-scenes commentary by Square Enix.
It’s hard not to think about what all this could lead to: will there be more expansions, like last year’s The Voracious Resurgence addition, or even a proper modern remake?
The thing is, a proper mobile remake of Final Fantasy XI was in the works by Korean developer Nexon, but it was cancelled in late 2020.
So where could Square Enix go from here? Well, we think that they could take a page from their other seminal JRPG franchise, Dragon Quest.
During the 35th anniversary of Dragon Quest livestream, it was announced that Dragon Quest X, the only online entry of the series, would receive an ‘offline’ version. This version would allow players to experience the game’s story in a new way and without the multiplayer components.
Maybe this could be the direction Square Enix is taking with Final Fantasy XI, allowing fans who didn’t take the plunge 20 years ago to finally experience the story of the eleventh entry in its entirety.
After all, those who want an online experience can always enjoy the more modern Final Fantasy XIV anyway, so an offline XI seems to be a great compromise for those who have only played single-player Final Fantasy games and have never played XI at all.
Either way, we’ll be keeping an eye out through the official Final Fantasy XI 20th anniversary website.
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