Final Fantasy XI News

Final Fantasy XI Abyssea Edition incoming

All MMO's content bundled together.

Square Enix has just announced Final Fantasy XI Ultimate Collection Abyssea Edition a PC download that bundles its 2003 MMO and all associated content into a single purchase.

Final Fantasy servers back up this week

Service resumes after earthquake outage.

Final Fantasy XI and XIV will be back online this week, after Square Enix shut the servers to conserve energy following the devastating earthquake that hit Japan earlier this month.

Final Fantasy XI, XIV offline

Square Enix reduces power consumption.

Japanese game company Square Enix has made massively multiplayer online role-playing games Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV unavailable to play worldwide in an effort to conserve energy following last week's earthquake and tsunami.

FFXIV testing to begin 11th March

Also, three mini-expansions for FFXI.

Square Enix used its VanaFest 2010 convention in Tokyo yesterday to announce the beginning of closed public testing for its next MMO, Final Fantasy XIV. It's not quite beta yet, however, rather the opening of alpha testing to players from the Final Fantasy XI fanbase.

FFXI update and expansion dated

FFXI update and expansion dated

Third mini-expansion and more soon.

Square Enix has put rough release dates on the next version update for its long-running MMO, Final Fantasy XI, and the third in the series of downloadable mini-expansions for the game.

The expansion - titled A Shantotto Ascension - is due in October, according to a new trailer, while the official FFXI site indicates that the next free version update is "currently on track for an early November release".

The version update will add new Wings of the Goddess nation quests, new features for the Moblin Maze Mongers dungeon-crawling system, a mysterious "extensive and all-new system involving items" and adjustments to jobs.

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Square Enix being sued by FFXI player

For allegedly concealing monthly fees.

According to the Courthouse News Service, Square Enix is being sued by a customer for not being open about the fees and late-payment penalties for playing its MMO Final Fantasy XI.

FFXI mini-expansion arriving on Sunday

FFXI mini-expansion arriving on Sunday

A Crystalline Prophecy the first of three.

Square Enix has said FFXI mini-expansion A Crystalline Prophecy - Ode of Life Bestowing will launch on 8th April.

The Masato Kato-scripted scenario was unveiled earlier this month and will cost GBP 7.99 / EUR 9.99 to download. Pre-orders can apparently be placed via the PlayOnline store, although we found no listing nor mention when we looked.

A Crystalline Prophecy is based around a giant primordial crystal in the sky that causes unexplained events to occur on the world of Vana'diel below. Players helping see of this new threat will uncover the secrets of the world and be rewarded with one of three unique pieces of fancy armour.

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First FFXI mini-expansion dated

First FFXI mini-expansion dated

Crystalline Prophecy comes true.

Square Enix has announced that A Crystalline Prophecy - the first of a series of three mini-expansions for its Final Fantasy XI MMO - will be available for purchase next Monday, 23rd March, ahead of its actual appearance alongside a game update in April.

A Crystalline Prophecy - Ode of Life Bestowing, to give it its full and glorious title, will only be available as a download through the Play Online Viewer that launches all versions of FFXI. It will cost GBP 7.99 / EUR 9.99, and feature a storyline involving a giant, primordial crystal in the sky.

Two more of these Masato Kato-scripted mini-expansions (A Moogle Kupo d'Etat - Evil in Small Doses, and A Shantotto Ascension - The Legend Torn, Her Empire Born) will follow "later this year".

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Next Squenix MMO will be "different"

Rumoured to show up at E3.

Game Informer magazine reports that Square Enix's next-generation MMO - the company's follow-up to Final Fantasy XI - is rumoured make an appearance at E3 next June.

FFXI to get three new expansions

FFXI to get three new expansions

Digital only, starting spring next year.

Square Enix has announced that it's going to be supporting Final Fantasy XI, the massively multiplayer edition in its classic RPG series, with three new expansions.

The expansions will be sold online through a digital distribution service, starting in spring 2009 and "every few months thereafter". Pricing hasn't been confirmed yet.

They've been created by Square veteran Masato Kato, who worked as director and scenario writer on the likes of Chrono Trigger, Xenogears and the original release of FFXI.

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Buddy system coming to FFXI

Painless grouping with lower-level players.

Square Enix MMO Final Fantasy XI is to follow in the footsteps of the likes of City of Heroes, Age of Conan and EverQuest II by offering a "buddy" system that will allow characters of very different levels to play together effectively.

US police refuse to investigate MMO theft

Nicked FFXI items worth nearly USD 4000.

Friday's edition of Minnesotan local rag, the Pioneer Press, carried this heart-rending report of one massive multiplayer's quest for justice.

FFXI Wings dated

Expansion in November.

The fourth expansion pack for Final Fantasy XI will be released for 360 and PC on 22nd November.

New FFXI expansion announced

New FFXI expansion announced

Wings of the Goddess.

Final Fantasy XI is to get another expansion pack later this year, Square-Enix has announced.

Called Wings of the Goddess, the expansion is slated for release this coming Winter and will be released simultaneously for PC, PS2 and Xbox 360 in all territories.

So far, details on the expansion are scant, but the creators have released a video displaying lots of clues of what to expect.

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FFXI for X360 gets an update

FFXI for X360 gets an update

And 2000 players get banned.

A new update which allows players to unlock achievements has just been released for the Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XI.

According to the update notes, "After fulfilling certain requirements, players will be able to speak with title-changing NPCs to unlock Xbox 360 "achievements."

"In the case where players have no titles available to change, they will be unable to unlock any achievements."

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Squenix on FFXI sequel report

Squenix on FFXI sequel report

'Not true' is the gist of it.

Square Enix has denied that it is developing a sequel to Final Fantasy XI for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows Vista PCs.

That's after a Nikkei.net report earlier this week said it was doing just that - something picked up on by most of the Western internet in the interim.

"The Company did not make such an announcement and has not made any decisions resembling those detailed in the media report," Square Enix said in a statement issued today in Japan.

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Blizzard, Squenix take action

Against greedy old cheats.

It seems that cheating within online games still abounds as both Blizzard and Square-Enix take steps to stop naughty gold farmers and gil traders in their tracks.

Squenix talks chocobo-rearing

In Final Fantasy XI.

As promised at the game's Santa Monica fan festival recently, the Final Fantasy XI development team has released details of the chocobo-raising system due to be introduced in the MMORPG's next update.

Square Enix bans FFXI gil-sellers

700 chucked after market spikes.

Square Enix has terminated more than 700 accounts of Final Fantasy XI players involved in "real money trading" by producing large amounts of gil (in-game currency) which was then sold on for proper wonga.

FFXI 360 date, new PC expansion

FFXI 360 date, new PC expansion

The latter included in 360 version.

Square Enix is planning to bring Treasures of Aht Urhgan, the third expansion pack for PC MMO Final Fantasy XI and bane of spellcheckers everywhere, to Europe and other PAL places on April 20th, just two days after its American release. And yes, that is a Thursday and not a Friday. What's more, Final Fantasy XI for Xbox 360 will launch on the same day, April 20th, in both Europe and Japan.

FFXI's already had two expansions (Rise of the Zilart and Chains of Promathia), and this third one deals with the legendary "Aht Urhgan Empire", introduces new jobs (including Blue Mage and Corsair) and adds some new areas and monsters (including the Mamool Ja tribe of beastmen).

It's also worth noting that the Xbox 360 version isn't just FFXI but FFXI including all three expansion packs - even this Aht Urhgan spelling catastrophe - and requires the hard disk drive to play. We'll bring you our thoughts on the 360 port as soon as poss.

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FFXI 360 beta on cover disk

Fancy seeing how Final Fantasy XI looks on Xbox 360? Turns out that that you'll be able to very soon, as the full beta version will be bundled with the next issue of the UK's Official Xbox 360 Magazine, due on sale from January 5th.

The beta version will allow you to create a character and play online "for as long as Square Enix run the beta servers", which one would hope would be a good few months at least.

Final Fantasy XI, which Microsoft announced for Xbox 360 at E3 this year, is a straight port of the PC version, and all you'll need to play the beta version bundled with the 360 magazine next month is a broadband connection, an Xbox Live Gold account and an Xbox 360 with hard disk - available now at all good... er... oh.

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FFXI 360 beta set for December

FFXI 360 beta set for December

So still time to move to Japan.

Microsoft Japan has confirmed that beta testing of the Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XI will commence on December 10 - the same day the shiny new console launches over there.

All those who purchase the limited edition launch package, which costs the same as the regular bundle but comes with a free Xbox Live headset, will receive a free FFXI beta test disc too. Until stocks run out, of course.

Anyone who wants to take part in the beta will need to sign up for Square-Enix's PlayOnline service and make use of the Xbox Live Silver package, which are both free.

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Final Fantasy tops poll

Of games that make us cry.

Respondents to a survey on emotion in videogames have voted Square-Enix's Final Fantasy titles as the most emotionally rich games ever made, citing the death of Aeries in Final Fantasy VII as the series' most tearjerking moment.

FFXI needs X360 HDD?

Chocobollockache.

A number of online reports have emerged suggesting that the Xbox 360 version of Square Enix' massively multiplayer title Final Fantasy XI will only play on versions of the console which are equipped with the hard drive.

UK iTunes could see FF music

Says Squenix as Final Fantasy hits US iTunes.

Square-Enix's European office said today that it is in discussions over bringing Final Fantasy soundtracks to the UK iTunes Music Store following their unveiling on the American version of the premium music download service in the USA.