Final Fantasy XI Coming to an End

By Michelle Balsan, 2 years ago
Though Square Enix's Final Fantasy XI was released on Xbox 360 nearly nine years ago, the publisher has made sure to continue to support the game throughout the years. In fact, a new update was detailed just last month that brought new skirmishes, quests, customization options, and other items and double XP events are still held on occasion.

Unfortunately, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Today, Akihiko Matsui, Director of Final Fantasy XI took to the PlayOnline website to post a couple of updates about Final Fantasy XI. First, the team is currently working on "Rhapsodies of Vana'diel", a three-part content expansion that will be released in May, August, and November of this year. The expansion aims to bring together all of the game's fourteen-year history (it was available earlier on PlayStation 2 and PC, remember), as well as introduce "new battle content, never-before-seen rewards, and a variety of other additions to engage players of all different stripes." In sum, "Rhapsodies of Vana'diel" is meant to serve as a grand finale for the game.

Sadly, that content will also mark the beginning of the end for Xbox 360 players of the title, as service is set to shut down on or around March 2016. This means adventurers have a full year to explore Final Fantasy XI and attempt to earn all of its achievements. The PC version will continue to live on, but only minor updates will continue to arrive to the game.

As soon as a more detailed closure date is announced, we'll share that information with you.

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Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.