If the report on Gamegrep is to be believed, Square-Enix’s long-running MMO Final Fantasy XI will be closing its doors sometime this year. FFXI has been up and running for eight years and, to this date, it’s still the only successful cross-platform MMO. It started off in Japan on the PC, then moved to Western regions. Eventually the PS2 version was released, being one of the only real uses for the hard drive attachment for that system. Finally it was released on the Xbox 360.
We’ll file this solidly under the rumor department for now, but, in a way, it may make sense. Their new effort, Final Fantasy XIV, will likely be taking over a lot of time and possibly development staff, and the resources being expended to keep FFXI afloat may be required elsewhere. This is, for the most part, what was stated on the personal blog of a human resource employee at Square-Enix. It has since been removed. Confirmation? No, but it is suspicious.
The entire game with its major expansions, sans the latest small mini-expansions, is available for under $20US at numerous retailers, something that, in and of itself, doesn’t necessarily spell doom and gloom for the title, but at least if you went out and bought it now, you will be secure in the knowledge that you didn’t spend a whole lot on it. Remember, take this with a grain of salt, folks. It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s true, however.