Final Fantasy is the talk of the gaming world at the minute with Final Fantasy XV on everyone’s lips after last night’s Uncovered event. We were treated to all sorts of extra information including trailers and even a feature-length CGI film in the works. However all is not rosy for long-running fans of the Square Enix JRPG series, as the Final Fantasy XI servers have been shut down for Playstation 2 and Xbox 360 forever.
Final Fantasy XI was the first multiplayer game in the series and was released in 2002 for Playstation 2 utilizing the new and exciting world of the Playstation Network service. In 2006 the game was updated and ported to Xbox 360 and PC, but ten years and four flagship titles later the servers will shut down for good on the console versions. The PC title remains unaffected for now.
The Final Fantasy XI servers will shut down (or did shut down, depending on when you read this) at 7AM PT today.
The game was the first MMORPG in the long-running Square Enix series so acts as quite a milestone for Final Fantasy as well as console gaming in general. It was also the first cross-platform MMORPG. The game received a final expansion over the course of last year titled “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel” and ties together the fourteen years of FFXI’s existence. The add-on was released for free and includes many characters from throughout the game’s long history.