Final Fantasy XI Producer and Director Yoji Fujito revealed the upcoming roadmap for the MMORPG. Fujito confirmed that new content will gradually wind down as part of a “more realistic” roadmap, but it will still provide “motivation” for players to play. The team will also continue to keep up maintenance on the game.
Fujito pointed to two current Final Fantasy XI events as a template for what players can expect. The 21st Vana’versary Celebration Campaign began on May 11, 2023. During it, various campaigns give out extra rewards than usual. It runs until May 31, 2023.
Simultaneously, the Return Home to Vana’diel Campaign began on May 12, 2023. Past players can rejoin the game free of charge, allowing players an easy way to catch up on content added in the past few years. It also enhances rewards for various campaigns. There will also be an Assist Channel to aid new and returning players. The campaign will run until May 22, 2023.
Fujito previously expressed a desire to keep Final Fantasy XI alive for as long as possible. In his announcement, he also said he was excited to see the game’s 22nd anniversary next year.
Fujito recently took over from previous producer Akihiko Matsui in March 2023. Matsui stepped down after ten years of working on the game, seeing Final Fantasy XI’s 20th anniversary event as a high note to end on.
Final Fantasy XI is available for Windows PCs.