Few MMORPGs last as long as Final Fantasy XI, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in May. 20 years of active service is a monumental achievement for any online game, but especially one built upon the hardcore design of pre-World of Warcraft MMOs that remains strictly subscription-based.
And yet, Final Fantasy XI shows no signs of stopping any time soon, even as Square Enix’s other MMO, the award-winning Final Fantasy XIV, continues to rise in popularity.
In fact, Final Fantasy XI’s player base has grown in the last few years, and until recently it was Square Enix’s most-profitable Final Fantasy game (a title Final Fantasy XIV now holds as of 2021). In the months leading up to the 20th anniversary celebration, Final Fantasy XI even received all-new gameplay systems like the new Master Levels for post-game players, and the ongoing “Voracious Resurgence” questline, which is the first new story content the game has seen in years.
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