Final Fantasy XI Producer Says Game Has Budget For At Least 3 More Years
posted on by Kim Morrissy
Final Fantasy XI producer Akihiko Matsui said during the 44th Mogitate Vana'diel livestream on March 8 that the game will have the budget to continue for at least three more years, until the game's 20th anniversary in 2022.
It is typical for budgets to be evaluated on a yearly basis, so Matsui said that he was relieved that he was able to secure this amount of budget in advance. He also said that because the game will continue running for at least a few more years, the team is working on updating the servers.
"We kept putting it off for next year, but now that the 20th anniversary is approaching, we've decided that we should just do it," he said.
Matsui also indicated there will be some kind of "announcement" at the end of the year.
Square (later Square Enix) originally released Final Fantasy XI for PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and PC in 2002. The company released the final main scenario for the game in November 2015, and then shut down the servers for the PS2 and Xbox 360 versions of the game on March 31, 2016. The PC version is still available.
A spinoff smartphone game called Final Fantasy Grandmasters launched in 2015, but will end its service on April 25 this year.