The story of FFXI is drawing to a close this year. Announced early this morning, The final expansion of FFXI, Rhapsodies of Vana’diel is launching May 2015, with the last major update to follow in November 2015. Furthermore, console support is ending in March of 2016. The PC version’s service will continue.
As a former hardcore player of FFXI this news is both good and bad. It’s good because there will be an ending to one of the absolute best MMO stories. On the other hand, there will no longer be anything to strive for once this new content is completed. For a game that’s been around since 2002, it’s heartbreaking to see the legacy coming to an end, I just hope the ending lives up to the story thus far.
Art by Tetsuya Nomura
During the press conference, Square Enix also announced a new mobile game coming called Final Fantasy Grandmasters. This game has no release date as of yet, but it’s set in the world of Vana’diel just like Final Fantasy XI. They closed out the conference with an announcement that Nexon is developing a mobile client for FFXI, this is seperate from the Final Fantasy Grandmasters game.
Let me know your thoughts on this announcement in the comments below. Do you plan on returning to Vana’diel to see the story end? Are you glad it’s ending, or do you wish the story would continue?