When Final Fantasy XI was first announced, both feelings of excitement and disappointment filled the mind. For one, personally, MMOs were foreign. How did they work? And as a child without the Internet growing up, the fact that players needed to be online and stay connected to a paid account was bothersome. It looked cool, but as a fan of the series, FFXI just didn’t seem like it was a viable option for this guy.
The game launched in Japan on May 16, 2002 for the PS2 and PC. Two years later, on March 24, 2004, it was released for the PS2 and PC in America. All right, now fast forward ten years from the Japanese launch in November 2013. A project was in mind to capture footage of every Final Fantasy. So having yet to play it, it looked like the time for FFXI had come via a Xbox 360 version.
Personally, this was the first MMO. Videos and articles entered the brain before so the concept of MMOs was already there. For two weeks, this guy was addicted. Unfortunately, the account was only a trial version so a lot of content, like friend requests, were locked out. Still, with footage captured and endless hours wasted, the trial was a success.
At the end of the day, for Square Enix, Final Fantasy XI was a huge success. To those dedicated, FFXI is a fantastic and well-regarded game. Can Final Fantasy XIV have the same effect? Only time can tell. As one last closing note, enclosed are three videos. One further continues personal thoughts on the game. Another is the aforementioned Final Fantasy project, originally released last December. And the last is a three part documentary on the series before launch from the now defunct Official PlayStation Magazine.