Final Fantasy XI News

  • Does anyone else have a B horror movie stuck in their head now? Unfortunately until I get something else in there to replace it I'm getting slithering aliens repeating through my brain paths.

    Anyhoo, there's a new job featured on the Official Final Fantasy XI site. We're talking Puppetmasters here.

    For years, puppeteers have been entertaining crowds with their skillful manipulation of artfully crafted marionettes.
    But with the recent development of the "automaton," a semi-automated puppet without the need for strings, the uses for a puppeteer's talents suddenly expanded to the fields of agriculture, fishing, industry, and even combat. In any era, there is always a need for specialists to master new types of technology. And the puppetmaster has stepped forward--a special breed of puppeteers that customize their automatons with ingenious attachments and use a controller known as an "animator" to transmit commands. Puppetmasters also sometimes find it necessary to protect themselves from advocates of simpler times, and are rarely seen without a pair of sainti--their hand-to-hand weapon of choice.
    Let us take a closer look at this fascinating profession...

    Get more news and info on Final Fantasy XI here.

    Where's Ralph with the greased up deaf guy voice when I need him?

    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
  • There is a serious Pirate fetish going on in our industry right now. Am I disapointed? Not really. I have a slight Pirate thing going on myself. However, enough is a enough! Square didn't think so because TA DA! New jobs introduced with the Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion disc - Corsairs!

    The valiant corsairs were once the scourge of the Near Eastern seas. Attired in a dignified frac and tricorne, and wielding the distinctive six-barreled weapon known as a "hexagun," any descendant of the legendary pirates is an impressive sight. Despite the positive whisperings of the corsairs’ actions and ideals in the streets of Al Zahbi, the Imperial Army seeks the corsairs' arrest on charges of insurrection. What tragic events lie in their past? And what secrets hide within the lighthearted games they play?

    More news and info on Final Fantasy XI

    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
  • The first thing I thought when I read this was, "Wouldn't it be cool if someone implemented a Quidditch Match in one of these MMOs" This isn't a Quidditch match but it looks fun!

    We're proud to announce the next step in the exciting Ballista Royale tournament. The preliminaries are over and now it's time for the playoffs! The Ballista Royale Playoffs will pit two of the four teams against each other for five straight matches. The first team with three wins in each conference will then proceed to the live championship at Fan Festival 2006. The playoffs begin on Saturday, January 7th, so don't miss your chance to watch them live via Live Vana'diel!

    Check out the rules and plans of engagement on The Official FFXI Site

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    Thu, Dec 22, 2005
  • [Square Enix] Anything you can do we can do better! We can do anything better than you!
    [Blizzard] No you can't!
    [Square Enix] Yes we can!

    You get the gist. Final Fantasy XI is jumping on the wagon and planning a festival for all the subscribers.Check It Out On the Official Site

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    Looks around Does this mean I have to dress up like an elf?

    Mon, Dec 19, 2005
  • The thrilling climax to Chains of Promathia was finally reached in the July version update. Now delve deeper into the stories of prominent Chains of Promathia characters as you enjoy the new quests planned for release in December.

    -New Summoning Magic

    The quest to obtain an avatar long awaited by summoners will soon be available. The terrestrial avatar Diabolos made his first appearance in "Darkness Named," and now those able to defeat him at the height of his strength will learn to harness the power of dreams.

    The Blood Pact abilities of Diabolos are quite unique when compared to those of other avatars. We have provided a list of Diabolos's abilities with brief explanations; however, we would like to allow summoners the chance to discover the full scope of these powers on their own.

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    Oddly enough I don't have any pithy comments on this one. *boggles at the fact that she's been struck speechless*

    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
  • More space for your "pitchfork +1."
    The Final Fantasy XI Development Team announced that some changes will come
    to players. There will be more Storable Equipment, Beastmaster Broths and, yes,
    new Cooking Key Items.

    In the upcoming version update, the storage feature for special equipment
    will be expanded to allow for new event items. Additional key items will also
    be available for cooking enthusiasts.

    Thu, Dec 01, 2005
  • Square Enix looks past the next-gen consoles.
    GameSpot is reporting that Square Enix is planning a shift from their production of console games into the mobile and online game market. Johnny Depp smiled creepily at us when we asked if had any comment, and replied:

    " In a recent interview with Yomiuri Online, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada disclosed his plans to wean Square Enix away from its dependency on console games. The company's main drive will be to expand into the online space. It is also considering establishing a holding company, additional mergers and acquisitions, and overseas expansion---including regional development studios. "

    You can read the entire Square Enix Diversifies Article at GameSpot.
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    Thu, Sep 29, 2005
  • We didn't even know that Autumn was broken.
    IGN is reporting that there will be a new Final Fantasy XI update for Autumn. We went AWOL and used our VIP pass to talk to IGN about FFXI on the QT:

    "Though the PC and PlayStation 2 versions of Final Fantasy XI were
    updated on August 1, the Square Enix development team is already
    working on another list of improvements. Expected to be ready for
    download before the end of the fall, the new update will boasts several
    new additions to the Fellowship system as well as a couple of new areas
    to explore. Several other changes are expected to be included, but have
    yet to be disclosed."

    You can read the entire Final Fantasy XI update for Autumn Notes on IGN.
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    Fri, Sep 23, 2005
  • Final Fantasy or The Bible? You decide.
    Lycos has posted the top 50 search terms used over the last 10 years and Final Fantasy has come in at #17 beating out terms like Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Star Wars, Star Trek and Ten Ton Hammer. Neddie Seagoon of claims to have searched for Ten Ton Hammer millions of times, but to no avail. He had this to say about that:

    " As Lycos continues the celebration of its 10 - year anniversary, this week we announced the top 50 search terms from Sept. 1995 through the week ending Sept. 17, 2005. Lycos was first to market with a weekly countdown of most popular internet search topics, when it introduced The Lycos 50 on Sept. 15, 1999. "

    You can read the Lycos Top 50 at you guessed it, Lycos.

    Fri, Sep 23, 2005
  • The Fellowship of the Chocobo.
    The Official Final Fantasy XI website has posted a list of upcoming changes to the fellowship system. Chocobo riding, anime loving, final fantasy fans surrounded our offices this morning chanting the following:

    "These changes and more will be included in the upcoming version update.
    Details may be found on the FINAL FANTASY XI main page as soon as they
    are released."

    You can read the entire Final Fantasy Fellowship Changes List at The Official Site.

    Tue, Sep 06, 2005
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