Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy XI 20th Anniversary website: We Are Vana’diel

Square Enix has just announced the “We Are Vana’diel” website in preparation for Final Fantasy XI‘s 20th Anniversary. It is a celebration of everything FFXI, and will feature:

  • We Remember Vana’diel: A complete timeline of FFXI‘s history, from pre-release to current day, with developer and player commentary.
  • We Illustrate Vana’diel: A collection of FFXI artwork, new and old, from Yoshitaka Amano, Tetsuya Nomura, and more.
  • We Discuss Vana’diel: Producer Akihiko Matsui will have interviews with guests that have deep ties to FFXI over the years. Starting with Hiromichi Tanaka, the original producer, who worked on the game until 2012.

As someone that has over 30,000 hours into FFXI, this is a big deal to me, but it’s also significant because of the rumors and hints surrounding FFXI’s Mobile port. In 2019, the dev team for FFXI said they would be cutting back content in the monthly updates to focus on something big for the 20th Anniversary. Since then, Final Fantasy XI Mobile was changed to “Final Fantasy XI R” and Nexon‘s mobile port was cancelled. On top of that, FFXI has received the free ongoing story expansion scenario, The Voracious Resurgence, the first since the story was concluded with Rhapsodies of Vana’diel in 2016, and news of a major job system overhaul.

Something big is stirring, but how big exactly?

Yoshitaka Amano’s take on the FFXI world map.

Check out the We Are Vana’diel website here.

Also, remember that FFXI is still going strong, and while not as large a community as it once had, the game has become much more beginner and solo player friendly. If multiplayer has never been your thing, the entire game’s story can be completed with NPC party members. Interested adventurers can download the free trial here.

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3 thoughts on “Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy XI 20th Anniversary website: We Are Vana’diel”

  1. Wait, wait, wait….you mean there is still a possible mobile port?

    I sunk 7 years in the FFXI and had fun the entire time. Lots of interesting people and great gameplay, the first MMO I ever played, swearing to myself early on that I would never play an MMO unless it was Final Fantasy related. Now I’m on to several years of FFXIV and I don’t regret it! I will have to keep this info in mind!

    1. I don’t know if there will be mobile, but I wouldn’t rule out a possible re-release/remake for modern platforms. I mean the game’s new story expansion is called Voracious Resurgence.

      1. Now THAT’S a name!
        Will have to keep an eye out, as I need something to keep me occupied until the next FFXIV expansion drops. Thanks for the info!

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