Final Fantasy XI PS2 And Xbox 360 Servers Shutting Down in 2016

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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Final Fantasy XISquare Enix will shut down the Playstation 2 and Xbox 360 servers for Final Fantasy XI. PS2 and Xbox 360 players have until March 2016 to get their FFXI affairs in order. PC players, on the other hand, have nothing to worry about. Their servers will continue to run for the foreseeable future.

This news comes alongside the announcement of Final Fantasy XI’s final scenario, “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel.” It brings to a close the story of FFXI and will bring back characters from older storylines. The scenario will be released in three parts. The first will be released on May 2015, the second on August, and the third on November. “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel” will neither have a retail release nor a price. It is a free content update available for all FFXI players to download. After the final scenario, Square Enix will continue to maintain the PC servers with minor updates when necessary.

Final Fantasy XI started life back in 2002 for both the PC and PS2 (The Xbox 360 version was released in 2006). It received five expansion packs along with several add-ons in its lifetime. In 2008, it has a user base of 500,000 subscribers. Although FFXI was ultimately eclipsed by World of Warcraft, FFXI manages to pull off something almost no other MMO has been able to do: Maintain a subscription model.

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  • Chris Stollings

    Sad, I currently play on the 360, gonna have to switch to PC. There is also a very “doom and gloom” feeling in the community because PS2 was a huge section of the playerbase and with it gone how much longer would everyone else stick around?

  • Aerokii

    A sad day indeed… but hopefully this will be a good push to increase the quality of private server attempts I’ve seen. (Disclaimer: It’s been a long time since I’ve checked and the last one I played was coded half-way from scratch and only somewhat functional.)

  • Superr Mann

    Omg I have them both and didn’t even start playing them yet
    What about that company that has servers for online games that have been shut down,where you can still play?

    • Chris Stollings

      There are private servers available, but I do not know if they can be accesses by the PS2 or 360, The game will also still be available to be played on PC, so if you have your product keys you can activate them then transfer to another device. For example I normally play on 360 and bought the most recent expansion on it, and used its code to also have the content available on my PC.