Final Fantasy XI “To End in 2010”


A senior Square Enix employee is being reported as publically saying that Final Fantasy XI will terminate in 2010, to be replaced by Final Fantasy XIV.

The remark was apparently made by one of Square Enix’s top HR people at the “Square Enix Recruiting Seminar 2011,” and duly reported on a personal blog by an attendee:


“I think some amongst you will know, but FF11 started in 2002 … Well, this year it’ll end and the stage will shift to FF14.”

The witness suspects the remark was inadvertent, but it is adamant it was made. Oddly, first the article and then the entire site which reported the remark were taken down shortly after.

Square Enix has previously assured players that any shutdown of the game would be announced a year in advance, so just what is going on is not clear.

A tweet from Square Enix’s CEO also denies the rumour, saying “that’d be troubling,” although this apparent rebuttal is rather short on details, such as whether the remarks were actually made and whether there is anything to them…

In any case, with the sequel nearing release and the original game increasingly showing its age, the day of any shutdown must be close at hand, and it seems pertinent that one of 2ch’s threads on the subject is entitled “How many people will commit suicide when FF11 ends?”

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    Comment by drunkspiderman667
    23:51 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i downloaded this game and tried to play it and it never would work for me. so im not sad in the least.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:33 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meh, just kill it already. It's funny how people think achievements and challenge in a MMo = sitting in a group and pull the same crab for hours.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just because thats all people claim happens, doesn't make it true. I bet even the 'hardcore' WoW guilds would die miserably leveling in simple places like Terrigan or Onzozo. That's the funny thing. Crabs/birds are there for the lazy/impatient, a lot of people still wander out and do shit like goblin camping, cocatrices, raptors and whatnot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You've never played wow, much less been in the endgame

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    Comment by A_Moose
    23:19 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm shocked. If dinosaurs like EverQuest still have enough subscribers to pay for the servers, I find it hard to believe that FFXI needs to be shut down.

    Comment by Shalala
    23:58 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should make some kind of deal where people that been playing 11 can carry their stuff over to 14. I that would be fair for the people that have been playing a game for a few years now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was just about to get ready to buy the damn game in a few weeks, only to hear this!
    ...well, hopefully XIV will pique my interest as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well thats what you get for sitting on your hands for 8 years, fucktard

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:00 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whatever. When you start an online game you should be expecting this.

    It's ridiculous to wait for a online game to last forever unless people start making private servers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're kidding me... DUDE My server still has 800-1,100 people on AT THE SAME TIME!

    This is an outrage! What about 360 users?! FF14 won't be on 360 unless this is square's way of saying f-u to microsoft.

    What about people on PC who don't have the general requirements for FF14?

    This is reallllly stupid of Square-enix. VERY stupid. A few people in my LS don't wanna play FF14 and wanna still play FF11. This sucks so much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I used to play on Bahamut before the server was locked for being overpopulated. Fastfoward a year later and its still locked, no new players have touched that server for so long seeing another player is like a rare spawn monster. Personally I've seen this comming for a long time.

    If you've played FFXI then you've known for awhile that SE doesn't really give a fuck about the player base.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well since it's moved to XIV, I'll hope XIV would be good

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 20/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fake screenshot is fake.

    Looks more like a screenshot of text entered into notepad.

    - The topic doesn't exist on 2ch.
    - Searching 2ch for FFXI and suicide doesn't match anything.
    - 2ch uses a gray background for it's posts.
    - Livedoor uses real JP 'unicode' text, not MSGothic. - Livedoor isn't a text only blog.

    Stop believing everything you read on this site and/or 4chan.

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    Comment by Artefact

    I don't think you understood the article.

    2ch has nothing to do with the article itself.

    The screen was taken from a Google cache of the page, as it was already deleted - naturally it doesn't display properly.

    You are wise to dispute the interpretation/validity of the attendee comments themselves, but the actual existence of the post is beyond doubt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 16/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    still there 4 years later...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    its not gonna happen as u can see on the official website of Final fantasy 11 in marsh 2010 they change the lv cap to 99 and they continue working on new content

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is incredibly misleading and incorrect. Square Enix has stated MANY times that FFXI will not end until people stop playing it.

    “I think some amongst you will know, but FF11 started in 2002 … Well, this year it’ll end and the stage will shift to FF14.”

    What he's saying is that the stage is shifting to FF14. Meaning it will be their main focus. And not FF11. They are not ending FFXI, by god you people really take things out of context. I can guarantee you this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:32 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whoever believes this is an idiot. FFXI is still one of the best MMO's I have ever played. Sure, FFXI is challenging, and it makes you work to get what you want, but all in all it's a good game for what its worth. It is the only MMO to not change their pricing plan. It is EASIER now than it was 6 years ago when I started, so whoever says it's hard now, have no idea wtf they are talking about. FFXI is not dead or dying, yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think they mean development. Don't know if the servers are going down.

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    Comment by RogueLioness
    20:44 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    at last the FINAL final fantasy!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by lvhina
    14:48 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “How many people will commit suicide when FF11 ends?”

    I don't even want to think about all the hours spent now.

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    15:36 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Makes me wonder what would happen if Blizzard announce WOW service is coming to an end...

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    Comment by A10WortHog
    18:17 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    good job anon 20:55! for me it was easier to quit smoking than it was to quit wow.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    15:55 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I WOULD say it'd be good for a laugh, but the sheer amount of people thrown into depression might really be scary.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No more hikkikomori. or however you spell it

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The world would become a better place... that's for sure.

    Comment by Busy
    21:10 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There still would be private servers, like at every game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd say the 15 dollars a month will keep the servers on for a long time. As the playerbase shrinks they will stop making expansions and reduce the number of servers by merging in order to keep themselves in the green. But no reason it can't go for a long time to come.

    But i won't be on there. I'm a one year clean recovering WoWaholic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are already private servers for both FFXI and WoW, but good luck for small hacker groups to put up a server and service as big as Blizzard's and managing to not get any lawsuits, seriously.

    Avatar of Vespertine Aspergerian Nincompoop
    16:27 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Blizzard employees will probably have several thousand death threats a day, but who cares about them?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:45 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe the correct and realistic answer is.

    Hackers passionate about the game will go in get the data they need, make their own servers, become digital WOW 'crack' dealers and fournish illegal access to WOW for a hefty sum.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:37 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now the real question is...Do I get to keep my K Club and relics?

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    Comment by SaruDa
    14:35 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who's going to want to play XIV if all their stuff is going to be deleted 7 years from now?

    Avatar of Artefact
    Comment by Artefact

    Some territories have only had it for 3 years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like who wants their stuff for longer than a few years anyway, i can understand personal characters and the items you have and stuff but how long do you want to play a game, 7 years, thats about 1/10 of the average age ratio. 5 years tops but 7? Come on...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:14 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    but even star craft is getting a sequel which will pretty much kill off the first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget Starcraft.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah but anons, i said who wants their stuff for that long, implying i was talking about rpg and mmo games in general not all games, even i can pick up starcraft or counterstrike and play it but they are different you can just pick them up and play whenever, rpg's and mmo's take time, they become a little of you but having them for that length of time is mad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, counter strike comes to mind. It's been over 10 years and people still aren't bored of that thing.

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    Comment by Lucifer
    14:24 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I assume this will go in affect worldwide since servers are shared internationally. It saddens me to see It end since I was one of them that played since the NA release. Alas, all must come to an end eventually, It was a good run.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    15:13 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, same here, i played since the released and quite at the end of last year. hope ff14 will be even better, might even consider playing ff14.

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    Comment by TNinja
    23:09 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's hope it doesn't turn into an online movie game. (OMG).


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    Comment by Koeta
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    Comment by cats
    16:24 20/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Relics weren't that hard to get/do at all.

    The only hard thing in that game was finding a god damn party.

    Either where a class nobody wanted or had to deal with chinese/jap players that couldn't understand you and vice-versa.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    02:15 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So much about FFXIII being the last one eh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they said FF13 was the last of its "type". not the last final fantasy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 19/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ....i got my Relic gear.... -_-;;

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 19/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Finally that shit (FFXI) will end !!!

    Everyone who managed to get relic weapon and kraken club will commit suicide for sure.

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    Comment by Onanimous
    14:51 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Development or operation? That's crucial. It could be they've halted all development, but maintaining the servers could mean pure profits.

    If the user base is decreasing, they can merge worlds pretty easily (force same-name PCs to rename) by using the world transfer already in place; that'd reduce the number of servers to maintain.

    I'd like them to keep it going, I've got a crapload of merits to get, still.

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    Comment by Reizo
    14:52 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square Enix sure knows how to fail...they should move their base of operations to China.

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    Comment by lvhina
    15:10 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Failing is warhammer online, being greedy is world of warcraft catering to the casual players for profit, FFXI kept its strong player base and all the qualities of a real mmorpg

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    Comment by nocturne
    16:35 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm almost curious to know what your definition of a real MMORPG is, but I'm certain any attempt to give a reasonable answer will be unabashedly feckless.

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    Comment by Min
    23:57 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Real" MMORPGs require players to play 4+ hours a day in order to accomplish anything and cause you to lose an hour of progress if you make a single mistake.

    See, that's why WoW isn't real. It's possible for people who have full-time jobs and don't live in their parents' basement to spend 30 minutes playing it in an evening and not feel like they've gone backwards when they're done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes cuz going backwards = fun.

    This is why people want you to design games for them Min, because of your grasp of whats makes gamers happy.

    WoW is FTW because it can make the casuals happy and still cater to the hardcore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Real MMOs don't have fuckawful control schemes or require a controller, but whatever Mr. TotallyNotBiased.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:32 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I played FF11 for a decent amount of time.

    It wasn't "fun"; but it did give me a sense of accomplishment. It was damn hard. Any idiot can succeed in WoW.

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    Comment by Gogetters
    06:28 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If a game isn't fun then its no game. If you want a sense of accomplishment go and get a job.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:02 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    an mmo lasting like eight years is hardly failing tbh

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    Comment by Reizo
    15:25 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not the game, the fact that they're ending it this year when they promised to give players a 1-year heads up. Always contradicting themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, the article here says that the remark was taken down again, so I wouldn't really call this an official statement :V It's probably a bit too early to call 'fail' on Square Enix in this case imo

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:04 17/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square has said many times previously that service will continue until there is no longer a demand for it.

    This Square exec obviously was just talking out of his ass and doesn't really know anything about it.

    Seriously why would Square kill a game when over 500k people a month are paying 15 bucks to play it?

    $7.5 million a month is way more than enough to keep stagnating servers going.

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