Despite record player numbers for Final Fantasy XIV, it seems like Square's original MMO is still going strong. The Final Fantasy XI December update is here, bringing a continuation for a major story event, as well as seasonal content and more.
What's in the Final Fantasy XI December update?
In the run-up to the release of new Final Fantasy XIV expansion Endwalker, the game managed to accrue 25 million users. While that's pretty impressive, it's not as impressive as Final Fantasy XI, which has managed to maintain a relatively active community since its release almost 20 years ago. Now, the Final Fantasy XI December update is continuing that legacy. First up, you're getting a continuation of the "Voracious Resurgence" story event, which began back in 2020. The new chapter draws this event to a close and brings beastmen Gessho and Reikuu's story to an end.
Of course, it wouldn't be a seasonal update without special seasonal content. The Starlight Celebration event is due to return later this month. You'll need to help Vana'diel's moogles take back presents stolen by goblins, and you'll get some neat seasonal rewards in return. There will also be minigames to enjoy, with an emote, seasonal items, and more up for grabs. Make sure to check it out and get into the spirit. The Winter Bundle-Up campaign increases the number of XP parameters to help you level new jobs, and the December login campaign will let you earn equipment you might have missed in the past.
Why is Final Fantasy XI still popular?
Despite the surge in popularity being enjoyed by Final Fantasy XIV right now, there are many who yearn for a more hardcore, less forgiving experience. Final Fantasy XIV's rocky first incarnation was, in many ways, inspired by Final Fantasy XI. Since producer Naoki Yoshida has made it clear that Final Fantasy XIV is not forthcoming any time soon (and for good reason), fans of an alternative MMO experience turn to XI instead.
If you want to check out Final Fantasy XI, you can do so via its official website, which has some gloriously 2000s-style designs. There's a free trial on offer so you can see if the game is for you (which it very well may not be, given how unusual its mechanics can seem). Alternatively, if you want a Final Fantasy MMO inspired by modern design trends, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is out now and available on PC and PlayStation consoles.
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