Final Fantasy XI, the first MMO and now 13-year-old installment in Square Enix’s landmark RPG franchise, will no longer be available on PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 come March 2016. However, as Eurogamer reports, the PC version will remain live and continue to receive “minor version updates.” This comes on the heels of Square’s decision to partner with studio Nexon Korea on the development of a mobile version of Final Fantasy XI, which will release in 2016.
To send the game off in style, and tie its 13-year history together, Square Enix will release the final expansion, Rhapsodies of Vana’diel, over May, August and November of this year. “We plan for this to be a grand conclusion to the Final Fantasy series’ first MMORPG,” Square Enix said, “and indeed, the first console MMORPG”. A new event, The Goddess’ Gala, which compiles several campaigns from the game’s history, will also be added “as a show of appreciation for those who have loved Vana’diel throughout the years.”
Although it’s hard to imagine anyone booting up their PlayStation 2 to play an MMORPG in this day and age, the history of Final Fantasy XI is nothing to scoff at. After hitting 300,000 average users in its release year of 2006, the game peaked at two million in 2009. In 2012, it became the most profitable game in the history of Final Fantasy and Square Enix alike.