Posted By Nobunaga about 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Vanadiel… its been so long. So long since I have slowly strode across your beaches as my Dark Knight. So long since I have kicked that damn moogle in my house for being so bloody annoying! Ahhh memories… But consider me almost surprised when word of an upcoming expansion for Final Fantasy XI came out of VanaFest this week. To a large extent I had forgotten about my once online-home since the disastrous launch of Final Fantasy XIV.
Perhaps it says a lot about what should have been done with the time and money spent on the failed title, when a resounding cheer and chorus is resounding in the Final Fantasy community for an expansion to the game’s predecessor. This new expansion, called Seekers of Adoulin, promises 2 new jobs and a whole new land to explore. Word has it that the expansion will change focuses to more exploration and exploitation of world resources than what we’ve seen before.
In Japan the game will see release on PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 (in boxed versions), and Windows-based PC (boxed and download). It seems other regions won’t get the PS2 edition, as North America and Europe will get just the Xbox 360 (boxed) and PC (download). This being one of FF11′s strongest points in the past many years, although chances are the numbers of people still playing the game on consoles are abysmally low.
With 2 new jobs to field (The Geomancer and what appears to be some form of magic-using melee class), Seekers of Adoulin looks to rekindle the interest of old players like myself who haven’t had a lot to level or do in game for years. While I do have some fond memories of the game, the hated XP Loss associated with death (yes, I know, this coming from a former EVE Online player) was a bit of a turn off….
With more details, and the official reveal of the 2nd job forthcoming, this may just be an expansion I keep my eyes on. Although with a host of new MMOs and Expansions coming out by the end of this year, will Seekers of Adoulin be timed just right to take advantage of the lull which follows a few months after a new MMO’s release? Or will it be sent out into the wilds mistimed and destined to fall into obscurity?