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Final Fantasy XI Servers Shutting Down, Moving to Mobile

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It’s now time to wrap up that epic quest and prepare for the last 11 months of subscription fees you’ll be giving Square for these versions because as of March 2016 the servers are shutting down.

Final Fantasy XI is one of the two examples of Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) iterations to the long running RPG series from Square Enix.  It’s a bit more pivotal than it’s younger brother, Final Fantasy XIV (A Realm Reborn) in that it launched as a console MMORPG in a time where games weren’t predominantly online and MMOs were unanimously locked to the PC platform.  This console only PS2 and later Xbox 360 game had quite literally hundreds of hours of content, always maintained a monthly service fee, and hopefully someday will be the premise where guests Chip (CaptinChaos) Cell and Eli (Sodoom) join us for an extra credit podcast about their addiction to the game.  It should be noted that a PC version of the game does exist, and to my knowledge it will continue, and that it was available approximately six months after the release of the PS2 version in 2002 (just covering my bases).

In an interesting side note, Square Enix also announced that it is working with mobile developer Nexon Korea to port the game to mobile platforms.  No information was given on pricing of the base game in addition to pricing of monthly service or if there will even be such a charge.  It is slated for a 2016 release in Japan, Korea, Europe, and North America.

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Written by Fred Rojas

March 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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