Final Fantasy XI iOS And Android Versions Announced: Long-Running MMO Heads To Mobile Devices in 2016

By Steve Buja , Updated Mar 20, 2015 08:41 AM EDT

Square Enix has inked a new deal with games giant Nexon to bring the long running MMO Final Fantasy XI to mobile devices in 2016.

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The new version will coincide with the then 14 year old game's end of content updates. Final Fantasy XI launched in 2002 and was among the first cross-platform MMOs in the world and has limped along for years now, even though it is among the most profitable FF titles ever made. An invigorating new version, from a company that knows a thing or two about the mobile market, may be exactly what the game requires to find new life.

"We are thrilled to partner with Square Enix to bring this amazing franchise to mobile audiences around the world," said Owen Mahoney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexon. "We are excited to strengthen our partnership with Square Enix by adding one of their most successful titles to our portfolio, as we continue to leverage our game development and global publishing expertise to provide high-quality experiences to gamers around the world."

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Square Enix recently announced the upcoming release of the final main scenario, Rhapsodies of Vana'diel, a new three part update that will debut in May, August and November of this year. After which, Square will no longer add any new content to the game - in what is believed to be the first step in shutting it down - but will still troubleshoot minor issues that come up. Square Enix has instead focused on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to service its MMO needs.

"Developing a high-quality mobile adaptation of Final Fantasy XI with Nexon, with an extensive track record of successfully collaborating with global partners, is a great opportunity for Square Enix," said Yosuke Matsuda, President and Chief Executive Officer of Square Enix. "Through this partnership, Final Fantasy XI which has enjoyed 13 years of noteworthy success on game console and PC, will make a significant step onto the mobile platform."

No assets exist at this time for the mobile version. For those wondering what you might expect, Nexon has run the highly successful Maplestory, Combat Arms and Vindictus for many years here in America. You can still join up with Final Fantasy XI at the official site.

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