Square Enix has announced that it will be closing down the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 versions of Final Fantasy XI in 2016, and also announced a mobile version of the MMO.
In slightly better news, the PC version of the 13-year-old MMO will remain online and the final scenario—Rhapsodies of Vana’diel—has also been announced. Rhapsodies will be split into three chapters that will launch in May, August, and November—barring any delays. These three updates will complete the main scenario. After the final patch is November there will be no more major patches for the game, but smaller patches to address bugs will be released if needed.
An in-game event called The Goddess’ Gala is also planned to thank fans for their support over the last 13 years.
On top of all this, Square Enix also announced that it is partnering with Nexon to release a mobile version of Final Fantasy XI. Final Fantasy XI Mobile will be available in Japan, North America, and Europe in 2016. Little is known about the mobile version at the moment except that it will offer improved party organizing, as well as solo-play and combat enhancements.
Square Enix’s other MMO, Final Fantasy XIV, will receive its first expansion, Heavensward, on June 23, 2015.