Hearing news about Final Fantasy XI is like when you see an old celebrity show up on the news or TMZ. “Oh, that guy is still alive? That’s nice.” Like Corey Feldman or Kel from Kenan & Kel, Final Fantasy XI keeps chugging along, popping up in the news every once in awhile to remind us that it is indeed still alive.
Square-Enix is keen on making sure FFXI sticks around for a little bit longer, as the game’s new expansion, Seekers of Adoulin, seemingly has enough content to keep FFXI’s fanbase happy for another few years. FFXI’s fifth full expansion will feature new areas, new gear, and two new jobs. One of the new job classes, the Geomancer, features character designs (pictured above) by Bastard! manga creator Kazushi Hagiwara. The game will be physically released at retail in Japan for the Xbox 360, PC, and PS2 (which might just make it the last major PS2 release in the region,) while fans in North America and Europe will be able to get the game as a boxed retail release on Xbox 360 and as digital-only release on Windows.
Jokes aside, it is kind of impressive that Final Fantasy XI is still going strong, a decade after its initial launch. It has lasted through two (possibly three if it sticks around another year or two,) generations of consoles, continues to be more popular than it’s pseudo-sequel FFXIV, and has managed to remain profitable during a time when most MMO’s have been forced to switch over to a free-to-play model in order to stay alive. Say what you will about the game’s sadistic difficulty or its more archaic design elements, but there’s certainly something about Final Fantasy XI that has given it a staying power than a lot of modern MMO’s lack.