Final Fantasy XI’s website for its 20th anniversary may be teasing a new remake for the game, which got the fans thinking of a return to Vana’diel.
Final Fantasy XI is the first MMORPG in the long-running JRPG series by Square Enix. It garnered massive success, along with the proof that the formula for Final Fantasy can easily be adapted into other genres for games. The game, however, has enjoyed a long life on the shelf, and even the PC version today is still being played by some of the most dedicated players. Unfortunately, the versions for PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 for Final Fantasy XI ended their service back in 2016.
It is no surprise, however, that the game was able to live this long, as it is seen as common for MMORPGs to be able to survive even after a long time. For instance, the World of Warcraft is still seeing some players as well as updates. However, while the Final Fantasy XI is still being widely played, it already has a full-blown sequel, Final Fantasy XIV.
We can rest assured, however, that the era for Final Fantasy XI is nowhere near its ending. In fact, its 20th-anniversary website called ‘We Are Vana’diel’ is still being updated regularly with new content.
What to Expect?
Fans can surely expect a lot more from the game, whether it is a new artwork made by its series artists, Yoshitaka Amano, or special interviews with the development team. There is also a detailed timeline that is focused on the history of the game, where it detailed the game’s launch, its expansions, and more behind-the-scenes commentary by Square Enix themselves.
Given this, it is hard not to jump to conclusions about where all of this might lead to. There might be more expansion, such as the addition of The Voracious Resurgence last year, or ambitiously enough, a proper modern remake.
A mobile remake of Final Fantasy XI was notably said to be in the works by the Korean developer Nexon but was canceled late last year.
Hence, the question remains: where could Square Enix go from here?
During the live stream of the 35th anniversary of Dragon Quest, they announced that Dragon Quest X will be receiving an official offline version. This version will be allowing players to experience the story of the game in a novel way without the components of multiplayer. In assumption, Square Enix might take this direction with Final Fantasy XI, thus allowing the fans who weren’t able to play the game 20 years ago to finally experience the eleventh entry of the series.
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The Final Fantasy series is perhaps one of the most successful video game franchises in the early 2000s. We sure would love to see the outdated graphics get a new look with today’s animation technology. Happy 20th anniversary to Final Fantasy XI!