Report: Shutting Down This Year?
Final Fantasy XI Gil is reporting on a rumor that Final Fantasy XI may be shutting down this year. The rumor originates from a "Japanese game media" that has published the supposed public admittance from a Square Enix employee that Final Fantasy XI would be shutting down this year due to the release of Final Fantasy XIV. According to the MMOsite report, Square Enix Yoichi Wada has since denied the report.
Given Final Fantasy XIV's similarities to the original game, Square Enix's desire to allow players to transition easier (such as the ability to carry over one's name), as well as the fact the blog post has since been taken down, there is certainly some plausibility to this rumor. However, since we cannot confirm anything either way at the moment, this story remains a rumor.
We'll be contacting Square Enix for comment, so stay tuned!
What do you think the chances are that Final Fantasy XI will be shut down this year to make room for Final Fantasy XIV? Let us know in the comments below!