Despite originally releasing in 2002, Final Fantasy XI is still being supported by developer Square Enix. Producer Akihiko Matsui announced on the game’s official forum that August’s update will see the first new story content in the game in nearly five years. The new storyline, called “The Voracious Resurgence,” will take place over “many version updates,” so don’t expect to finish it soon. Square Enix says that the story will revolve revolve around the appearance of small eggs of unknown origin and it’s up to adventurers to figure out “a conspiracy that threatens the very fabric of the world.”
Due to the success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, updates for Square Enix’s prior MMORPG have been sparse. In 2015, the game received a scenario called “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel,” which was meant to be the final storyline. Players will have to complete “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel” in order to access the new content, which Matsui claims “explores a side of Vana’diel that’s never before seen the light.”
The new storyline isn’t all that the August update will have to offer as the beastmaster job will be receiving an adjustment as well. Changes to the job type’s magic accuracy have been made to encourage beastmasters to battle alongside their pets. There are also unspecified additional pets arriving in August that include “very specific strengths and weaknesses.”
Rounding out the update are two new ambuscade battles. The normal-difficulty fight will pit adventurers against a Rafflesia that relies on mandragora allies for power. Meanwhile, the intense ambuscade is against a magic-using Mamool Ja. Players can earn themed rewards for the new battle, which will go away in September.
While Final Fantasy XI launched on PlayStation 2 and eventually came to Xbox 360, it is only playable on PC as of 2016. A mobile version of the MMORPG developed by Nexon was announced in 2015, although its development status is currently uncertain. The worlds of both Final Fantasy MMOs recently collided in FFXIV’s “The Maiden’s Rhapsody: Memories of an Unseen Realm” event.
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