Will Final Fantasy XI ever get an offline mode/single-player release (similar to Dragon Quest X)? (2024)

StarPhlox

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Oct 25, 2017
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  • Saturday at 1:21 PM
  • #1

As I've been getting into the FF series after a lifetime of mostly ignoring it (just finished Rebirth and XVI in the last several weeks) I'm wondering how, if it all, I will handle XI

It seems maybe easy enough to ignore and just jump from X to XII or something, but I wonder if there are any plans to keep the game preserved or reimagined in a state that is vastly different from what's going on now. I have access to all the main numbered games between my Switch, PS5, and Series X (more like Series XIII haha) other than XI so just considering what the future may hold for this entry. Thoughts?

Wrexis

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Nov 4, 2017
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  • Saturday at 1:26 PM
  • #2

I love FFXI, but never in a million years.

They are apparently preserving the assets just in case, but the size of the player base doesn't support anything new. The game is on maintenance mode as it is. You can mostly solo the story if that's what you want to do, though it'll take 100 hours or more.

Gay Bowser

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Oct 30, 2017
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  • Saturday at 1:27 PM
  • #3

I think the time for that, as a product that makes sense for SE to make, is long over.

Doesn't mean they won't still make it, though. SE makes some weird decisions sometimes.

DQ X is a decade younger than FF XI and it has still been getting updates and new versions even after the release of DQ X Offline, which is designed in part to function as an intro product for DQ X Online.

Orayn

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Oct 25, 2017
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  • Saturday at 1:27 PM
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Square has talked about wanting to preserve it but there aren't any plans for an offline version that we know of and the mobile remake was canceled. The game engine is ancient and they don't have the physical hardware needed to work on many aspects of it anymore, so at this point they'd basically need to rebuild the whole thing to make any significant updates. It'll probably just stay online in maintenance mode for a few more years until Square finally decides to pull the plug.

Mesoian

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Oct 28, 2017
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  • #5

No.

Square would rather push people into 14 or the next mmo system they come up with them have a standalone reminder of the old one.

Saito Hikari

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Jul 3, 2021
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  • Saturday at 1:40 PM
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While this is one of my pipe dreams, it's unlikely now.

The brand isn't as strong as it used to be, people didn't turn up for Rebirth, and there's less people in the fanbase curious enough to turn up for an offline version of an old MMO. It'd have to be completely overhauled.

Ashes of Dreams

Unshakable Resolve

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May 22, 2020
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  • Saturday at 1:53 PM
  • #8

Nah, that time has long since passed and it would require major overhauls to work. There was once a time when FFXI was going to get a mobile remake but that is almost certainly dead. But I also wouldn't worry too much about the game's preservation. It's been going for 22 years. It will likely outlive all of us. Plus the game has been streamlined to the point where you can play the whole thing solo now anyway. Not that I'd recommend that as it's not as fun as exploring the game with other people but the option is definitely there.

Zero-ELEC

The Wise Ones

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Oct 25, 2017
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  • Saturday at 1:55 PM
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The previous head of the game said no, but they've since been replaced. Who knows?

Tailzo

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Oct 27, 2017
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  • Saturday at 1:57 PM
  • #10

Yes, please.

BasilZero

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Oct 25, 2017
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  • Saturday at 1:57 PM
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I hope so otherwise it will become the only FF I havent played (planning to play XIV in the future)

Vault

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Oct 25, 2017
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  • Saturday at 1:57 PM
  • #12

No they should just release a Classic version

ConfusedOwl

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Oct 27, 2017
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  • Saturday at 1:58 PM
  • #13

Unlikely but I'd buy it day 1 if they ever did.

I've been very slowly playing through it off and on and while I do enjoy it, playing it often feels like homework for someone that doesn't have decades of experience with it already.

Mammoth Jones

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Oct 25, 2017
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  • Saturday at 1:59 PM
  • #14

If anything, I would want them to do it as a 4 player multiplayer game that supports drop-in/out and player hosting so nothing is really dependent on SE's servers.

But I think it's more likely they'll take certain assets/quests/storylines and release them in FF14 before they do anything like that.

pants

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Oct 27, 2017
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  • Saturday at 2:00 PM
  • #15

Since the last time I played, they've added NPC party members you can recruit and do (most of?) the story with.

Which is better than nothing, but I assume they really want that subscription.

Mammoth Jones

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Oct 25, 2017
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  • Saturday at 2:01 PM
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BasilZero said:

I hope so otherwise it will become the only FF I havent played (planning to play XIV in the future)

Playing 14 right now and I really hated the idea of going through the story quests to "catch up" to endgame but I'll be damned if this ain't some of the best story in an MMO I've played. sh*t playing with my emotions and actually making me give a sh*t about characters...

signal

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Oct 28, 2017
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  • Saturday at 2:04 PM
  • #17

Even if you could snap your fingers and make this happen, it's not just about the story and offline modes and trusts as NPC party members. I feel like you'd need to redesign this (or most) MMOs to be offline if you wanted an actual enjoyable gameplay experience to play alone.

Doc Kelso

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Oct 25, 2017
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  • Saturday at 2:04 PM
  • #18

I don't necessarily see much benefit to it. FFXI's story has always been... fine. The gameplay is outright bad by modern standards and is only made tolerable for many people through using some QoL mods. The world itself would run into a problem that a lot of people have with FF16--in that there's a lot of empty real estate that adds nothing, because the world is absolutely massive and has a LOT of areas that have absolutely nothing of note in them--and the game itself is a relic of a bygone era.

A massive part of the charm of XI is/was the community-driven aspect of it; That the world was deadly and you had to rely on the kindness of other people to make it less deadly. Be it through Raise spells, Sneak/Invis/Deoderant, or any number of other factors. You could not do everything yourself and that was what drove the game to success.

While you can beat the story through use of the NPCs you're given these days, I honestly think it's lacking what makes the game interesting in the first place. If people want to explore the story, by all means, but I cannot see a world in which the investment into making a true SP experience off of FFXI makes any sense.

Lord Vatek

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Jan 18, 2018
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  • Saturday at 2:04 PM
  • #19

DQX only got one in the first place to advertise the online game (offline covers about a fraction of online).

The only MMO nowadays I could see getting an offline version is the original PSO2. Because the story structure can support it.

VariantX

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Oct 25, 2017
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  • Saturday at 2:10 PM
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It should by all means get one, I just don't see it happening. They'd more likely do a remake of any mainline game because of essentially having to rebuild the game from the bottom up

Dest

Has seen more 10s than EA ever will

Coward

Jun 4, 2018
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  • Saturday at 2:13 PM
  • #21

The story of XI is really good don't get me wrong and I'm not at all saying that XIV isn't community driven but what made XI what it is was absolutely the long hours spent legitimately adventuring with people.

I'd like to see it happen, but given the structure of the game it'd have to be pretty significantly reworked to work as a marketable single player product.

jungius

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Sep 5, 2021
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  • Saturday at 2:16 PM
  • #22

I've tried this earlier but the game need full revamp to be a competent offline game because it is very ugly and janky in 2024. That gameplay wont cut it for offline mode as it is snoozefest without other players. TLDR the whole package is an amazing online game but mediocre for offline mode and need full revamp for it not to be a flop, also with FF franchise declining its not wise too to prioritize this vs. other mainline remake. I guess it is cheaper for them to keep the server open than redid the whole game for offline mode.

OskarXCI

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Nov 11, 2018
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  • Saturday at 2:27 PM
  • #23

Not necessarily an offline version, but they really need to make an companion game that give people a taste of the world of Vanadiel. It's the only mainline game isn't available on a current console.

A singel-player game in the same world.

They will probably never make a new console port of FFXI. The game is still maintained with PS2 dev kits. They would first need to develop tools that would replace said kits. It probably isn't worth the investment. They did cancel the mobile version.

Nama

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Nov 2, 2017
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  • Saturday at 2:28 PM
  • #24

When they killed off the mobile version the nail was put in the coffin can argue that was a long time ago and SE is a different company now but idk. XI is in a weird spot as it would be a stain in the FF brand and SE's pride to let a mainline FF be lost to time but its very difficult to justify the costs to preserve it in any meaningful manner. To continue you FFXI you have to remake so much of it to get it to function offline that maybe it be more fiscially responsible to make it a new MMO all together but thats probally not worth it either. Best case scenerio offically is SE contiunes to invest in cloud servers and they just eat the minor costs of spinning up virtual servers to keep XI "alive". Really though XI is best preserved though private servers.

Orayn

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Oct 25, 2017
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  • Saturday at 2:33 PM
  • #25

Mammoth Jones said:

Playing 14 right now and I really hated the idea of going through the story quests to "catch up" to endgame but I'll be damned if this ain't some of the best story in an MMO I've played. sh*t playing with my emotions and actually making me give a sh*t about characters...

A Realm Reborn starts slow, but near the end it starts to feel like a Final Fantasy game and is really good for what it is. (A game that was taken offline and rebuilt into a new one with a brand new storyline in less than two years, with the game still running most of the time.)

When you get to Heavensward is when it really dawns on you that this isn't a Final Fantasy themed MMO, but a genuine Final Fantasy game that feels like the SNES and PSX classics being released every 2 years or so in the form of an MMO expansion. The way it introduces new areas, the plot beats, the music, the boss fights, it's all 100% the real deal.

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