October 28, 2003
Within the console-based MMORPG market, no game has come close to achieving the level of popularity that Final Fantasy XI
held and continues to hold. This fantasy-themed MMOG allows players to...Within the console-based MMORPG market, no game has come close to achieving the level of popularity that Final Fantasy XI
held and continues to hold. This fantasy-themed MMOG allows players to take the role of one of five races (Hume, Elvaan, Tarutaru, Mithra, Galka) and don six different jobs (warrior, thief, monk, white mage, black mage, and red mage) while they adventure around the world of Vana'diel exploring every nook and cranny for new monsters and areas to conquer. Since FFXI is a console and PC-based game, the communication between players varies as they switch from keyboard to a console controller, but nothing has hindered the popularity of the title.
Released in North America on October 28, 2003, FFXI has proved surprisingly resilient to the sands of time, still holding a decent segment of the MMOG market. Perhaps the most endearing quality behind FFXI is its name-sake, the incredibly popular Final Fantasy
series. With millions of fans world-wide, the Final Fantasy
series are some of the best selling video games of all time and a large number of them were attracted to the MMOG when it was initially released.
Since its release, FFXI has received four full expansion packs, Rise of the Zilart, Chains of Promathia, Treasures of Aht Urhgan, and Wings of the Goddess.