Final Fantasy XI Mobile Port Cancelled for Not Meeting Fan Expectations

Final Fantasy XI

Square Enix and Nexon have reportedly cancelled the mobile port of MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, due to it not meeting expectations fans have.

The game was Square’s first venture into MMO’s with the Final Fantasy series, and launched in 2002. It’s final main scenario launched in 2015, and the game’s PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 servers shut down in 2016. 2015 also saw the announcement of Nexon developed mobile app version of the game.

However, reports (translation: DeepL) that Final Fantasy XI R has been cancelled. Both companies had agreed to reallocate development staff to other projects, as the game was not meeting the expectations fans had for Final Fantasy in terms of creativity.

Other factors may also include the runaway success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Despite a rocky start, the reboot was met with high praise. The game reached 14 million players in 2018, and has no doubt continued to grow with each expansion.

Final Fantasy XI is available for Windows PC (via Steam, and Square Enix).

You can find the abridged rundown (via Steam) below.

Enter an online multiplayer RPG that challenges players to journey through the world of Vana’diel® — a world of fantasy, adventure, and exploration.
Heed the call and join players from around the world to become the hero that Vana’diel needs. Discover new creatures, pioneer wild lands, and conquer quests on your daring journey!
With all five installments included your world will be filled with endless possibilities.

  • Includes the original, award winning online role-playing game that brought the FINAL FANTASY series online!
  • Free 30 day subscription to play FINAL FANTASY XI for all new accounts.
  • Includes 5 expansion packs: Rise of the Zilart®, Chains of Promathia®, Treasures of Aht Urhgan®, Wings of the Goddess®, and Seekers of Adoulin®.
  • Includes 3 add-on scenarios: A Crystalline Prophecy®, A Moogle Kupo d’Etat®, and A Shantotto Ascension®.
  • Includes 3 battle add-ons: Vision of Abyssea®, Scars of Abyssea®, and Heroes of Abyssea®.
  • The Seekers Edition also comes with a code for the exclusive Chocobo Shirt and the Destrier Beret ingame items!

Image: Steam

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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