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Square Enix preps 19-year Final Fantasy XI anniversary celebration

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Events will take place as part of the May version update to one of the genre's elder successes.

You may not have known it, but Final Fantasy XI has been kicking around for quite some time. Square Enix is planning to celebrate the MMOs surprising longevity, with updates that include a new story and characters as part of the "The Voracious Resurgence" storyline.

A May update to the game includes a bunch of stuff that makes next to no sense to me, someone who has not played the game for myself. Here is a rundown of the added content, shamelessly cribbed from a press release:

  • The Voracious Resurgence Update – Players will be introduced to a new story and characters through the fourth chapter of The Voracious Resurgence, as the winds of war come to Bastok while a new threat from the empire rears its ugly head.

  • Ambuscade Update – This month’s update to Ambuscade features Flies as a new foe to challenge, alongside the return of Mamool Ja.

  • Return Home to Vana’diel Campaign – Beginning Friday, May 14 and through Monday, May 24, at 1:00 a.m. PDT, players who are taking a break from the game are invited to log in and play for free. Additional details may be found here:

  • 19th Vana’versary Event: Mandragora Mania – Players can participate in a special 19th Vana’versary event, Mandragora Mania, which will be held concurrently with the Return Home to Vana’diel campaign. Players can earn exciting rewards and items, such as the Korrigan Pot.

  • 19th Vana’versary Nomad Mog Bonanza – Nomad Mog Bonanza returns to Vana’diel and offers players the chance to win extravagant prizes, including new weapons modeled after those from FINAL FANTASY series titles. Players can purchase Mog Bonanza pearls and guess the three-digit number they think will be the winning combination. The winning numbers will be announced at a later date, after which players with winning tickets can collect their prizes.

  • Experience Vana’diel to the Fullest Campaign – From Tuesday, May 11 at 1:00 a.m. PDT to Monday, May 24, at 12:59 a.m. PDT, players can earn double to triple the normal amount of experience and capacity points, making it even easier for returning adventurers to participate in the battle content of their choice.

  • A.M.A.N Trove Test Your Luck Campaign – Players who log in daily will receive two silver A.M.A.N. vouchers per day for use in A.M.A.N. Trove, a battlefield with treasure coffers to open and powerful gear to earn.

  • Spring Alter Ego Extravaganza – From now until Monday, May 31 at 7:59 a.m. PDT, players can acquire previously available alter egos, in case they missed them during earlier opportunities.

  • Adventurer Appreciation Forever Campaign – In appreciation of adventurers who continue to do Vana’diel proud, players can log in weekly to receive items and other presents.

  • May 2021 Login Campaign – Players can collect points by logging in during the month of May, which can be used to purchase items such as the Red Raptor mount and the Shantotto II alter ego.
Final Fantasy XI originally released in Japan on November 7, 2002 and headed west most of a year later. It has received numerous proper expansions, as recently as Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin in 2013, and apparently continues to enjoy a sufficiently avid following to justify continued support and events. Do you suppose we'll witness another celebration next year, when 20 years of fantasy fun role around?

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Staff article by Jason Venter (May 10, 2021)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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