Whenever news breaks that an MMO’s servers are shutting down, the surprise, to me at least, is always that they were still up. Final Fantasy XI, an MMO which saw its initial release back in 2002 and which is part of a series that has since released another MMO (Final Fantasy XIV), is just now beginning to shut down its servers. As of yesterday, March 31st, servers for the game on both PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 are done for. I don’t know if it’s sad that they’re dying or admirable that they were still even alive.

However, Final Fantasy XI still isn’t done for altogether. Square Enix’s official word on the matter is that those aforementioned servers are dead, but players on those platforms can still switch over to the PC version, which, I guess, will continue peddling on for a little while. They even have a whole guide set up on how to make the switch.

There is no need to buy new software for the Windows version.” Basically, you just have to transfer your PlayOnline account to a Square Enix account and have a Windows computer that can run Final Fantasy XI. The full guide can be found in the official update.

Source: Square Enix

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Barry Herbers
I write editorials here at Gamnesia and occasionally some news (though far less often than I used to). Here's some of my work, long-form game essays, if you have any interest in that sort of stuff: The Amount of Content in a Game Has Nothing to do with its Price A Game's Atmosphere is Defined by its Mechanics, Not its Aesthetic The Witcher 3's Introduction is Terribly Paced and Too Restrictive of its Players I'm looking forward to The Last Guardian (had it pre-ordered since 2010), Rime, Night in the Woods, and Vane. If I had a niche, it would probably be the somewhat higher fidelity indie games, as take up most of the spots on that list. I'm also developing a no-budget video game with a friend, and you can follow me on Twitter (@TheVioletBarry) to hear about that and anything else I feel like saying. Film, games, it's that sort of stuff.


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