Square Enix announced in Los Angeles on the 13th of October that a compilation entailing the entire Final Fantasy XI world (including all previous expansions and add-on scenarios), will be available as a download, and as a retail product starting November 1o 2009. Dubbed the Final Fantasy XI Ultimate Collection, this impressive release will be available solely for Windows PC and the Xbox 360.
The Ultimate Collection includes the original Final Fantasy XI, plus all four expansion packs. They are Rise of the Zilart, Chains of Promathia, Treasures of Aht Urhgan, and Wings of the Goddess. The three recently released add-on scenarios will be included as well: “A Crystalline Prophecy-Ode of Life Bestowing,” “A Moogle Kupo d’Etat- Evil in Small Doses,” and “A Shantotto Ascension; The Legend Torn, Her Empire Born.”
What makes this compilation so impressive, aside from it’s enormous size and content, is that it is a great purchase for the Final Fantasy XI newbie who missed out on the title beforehand, as well as an excellent upgrade for FFXI players who haven’t already upgraded.
Final Fantasy XI was the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game in the Final Fantasy series. It’s announcement upset more than a fair share of fans, (who felt the title should not have been part of the numbered series of Final Fantasies), yet the title persevered, and is well into it’s eighth year. With fans (and players) from Europe, Japan, and North America, and supporting multiple platforms (PC, PS2, and Xbox 360), Final Fantasy XI jumped right into the MMORPG spotlight.