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The Japanese market has been slow to respond with online RPG's, even though games such as Ultima Online and Anarchy Online have been extremely successful in North America, Asia and Europe. Recent efforts however, indicate that times are changing, Final Fantasy XI is set to continue the Japanese onslaught on the genre, which was initiated by such titles as Phantasy Star Online.

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, producer Tanaka Hiromichi and director Koichi Ishii, are the team attempting to create a different massive multiplayer online RPG. The difference, according to them, is that it's usually up to the players to write their own story and background in massive multiplayer online RPG's. Squaresoft however, is making a special effort to ensure that FFXI's world comes with a gripping and structured storyline.

Final Fantasy XI will be released in March, 2002 in Japan for the PS2 and PC. No release dates have been announced for the rest of the world.

You can catch a preview video of the game here

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Final Fantasy XI's world will be known as " Vana'Diel." This world had been blessed by a force known as "The Crystals." Believers trusted their power and fought against the monsters aligned with darkness and evil. After long, hard battles, the monsters managed to destroy human villages and pollute the water supply. Eventually, mankind rose in revolt and took back its lands from the monstrous threat.

Twenty years after the fighting, while people were in the process of forgetting the terrors of the battle with the forces of darkness, evil once again rears its ugly head in the world of "Vana'Diel".

The future lies within the power of "The Crystals".

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As is the case with every online RPG, you will have to create your character in order to begin the game. You will be presented with a choice of several types of races:

The Humes, which are the Humans and are the most balanced race.

The Elvaan, which are the elves and are tall and skilled in one-on-one combat and

The Tarutaru, which are the Hobbits, short and skilled in the use of magic.

Once you have selected one of the above races for your characters you will be prompted to choose your gender. If you select one of the following 2 races however, you will not be given a gender choice.

The Mithra is a matriarchic, feline race of skilled hunters that live in peace alongside the Tarutaru. Since female Mithras are the ones that usually move to hunt, you will only have the option of being a female Mithra.

The Galka is a strong and tough ogre race. They are hermaphrodites and will reproduce by re-incarnation. If you choose Galka then, you forfeit the choice, and pleasure, of sex.

After finalizing race and gender details, players can begin customizing their physical appearance and can adjust features such as weight, height, facial features, hair-eye color etc.

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As we have come to expect, Squaresoft will almost certainly introduce various radical changes in the upcoming Final Fantasy XI. In Final Fantasy X, gamers were shocked to find a radically changed combat system, in the new version, the Job System, first introduced in FF V, will make its comeback.
Not all jobs will be available at the beginning, players will be able to start off in one of six jobs:
Warrior
White Mage
Black Mage
Red Mage
Thief and
Monk
As most of you have gathered, these are the original choices from the very first Final Fantasy game.
Details of additional job classes have not yet been made available but are expected to surface soon.

Warriors

Warriors are the no-nonsense knights, which most players will recognize from previous versions. This time around they have a special ability dubbed "Mighty Strike", which allows them to execute continuous critical attacks.

White and Black Mages

White Mages deliver healing spells and Black Mages attack spells. While they wield powerful magic, they are also considered to be physically weak. White Mages have the use of the "Bless from God", which allows them to heal all of their allies within a certain range. Black Mages possess the "Magic Swirl" which allows them to cast powerful attack spells.
In a move which reminiscent of Baldur's Gate, Squaresoft have hinted that the magic involved in the game will need time to charge and prepare and that if the player preparing to use spells is attacked, the magic will be rendered useless. There are also plans to include a range for every spell, so that no one spell will be effective outside a particular range.

Red Mages

Red Mages possess the ability to cast low level White and Black spells, but cannot use more powerful spells. They can however, use their Magic continuously.

Monks

Monks are experts of face to face combat and will not carry heavy equipment or weapons. Their special skill is the attack of the "One Hundred Punches as", which as the name suggests delivers a quick and powerful attack.

Thieves

Thieves, true to their nature, have extremely high evasive abilities and can steal even during battle. Their "Complete Evasion" skill, makes them invulnerable to physical attacks.

In order to offer a simplified version of the game, Square have announced plans to include an "Auto Attack" option, which will allow constant attacks on an enemy until the enemy is killed or the player performs another action.

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Final Fantasy XI

All of you but anonymous suck! The final fantasy series is really cool and paved the way for the games that you call good. Without the previous FF games RPG's would probably not be the same. Maybe you could be a bit more open-minded and wait for the game to actually come out until you judge it!!! And how about you appreciate the effort and time that those people put into a great game like that. Keep it up guys!!

Final Fantasy XI

after playing final fantasy 8 i stopped. final fantasy 7 was bad enough. but i am willing to give this online one a try. even though Squaresoft is evil like AOL and Microsoft. Ive played many MMORPGs and I've always wanted to play an anime-type online. PSO came close but it was all that complex. and yes anarchy online sucks!!!

Final Fantasy XI

I just finished FF9 and its the best FF ive played!!! It kicks arse and so do all the other Final Fantasys!!!!!!. Oh man it was so cool, gota play number 10 now!.Oh and all u who dont like em can F**K OFF and stop posting ur stupid messages here!!. Peace all

Final Fantasy XI

Omizu i think u r mentaly ill i think u shud go c sumone...FF is one of the best games released (in my opinion and a few online and offline reviews) and if u dont like ff then u aint even close to being a true gamer!

Final Fantasy XI

First things first...FF6(FFIII for the lamers)has the best story line of any of the final fantasy series.Second I am an avid fan of Chrono Trigger, however, it is not the originating point of all rpgs...And as far as ffXI goes, it is going to be different and if squaresoft still has any skill left in them, revolutionary. Square has ruled the rpg world for a long time, i hope that this new addition will not be a disappointment.

Final Fantasy XI

Yeah, well, (to who cares, even though he's probably never going to read this) after 11 FFs (including FFT) that kicked major ass, I don't think it'll wear out anytime soon.

Final Fantasy XI

"HELL NO, every1 knows that Squaresoft doesnt dissapoint no one!, and FFXI is goint to be the best of the best, I can assure u this. "er The bouncer? all those shit wrestling games? Square are bad at everything apart from RPGs. If this stays true to the other FF games it should be gud, but if they change their formula i don't like their chances :-(

Final Fantasy XI

SWEEEET! Wow, ya know, if Square sticks to the combat system they've used for most of their past games (like 7-10) this should be pretty damn sweet. I'm drooling on my keyboard now so I'm out...

Final Fantasy XI

All you whiners out there, if ya don't like it, don't play it! Period! And learn how to spell, would ya? Final Fantasy XI looks hot (as always with Square) and I loved FFX except I was a little disappointed with the very end, me being the mushy type and all... I can't wait for XI, XII, and so on. So what if it's the same general storyline- isn't life? Get a grip!I've been playing since FFXIII (which of course, was my fave) and I don't plan on stopping! What do you think I bought PS2 for?!

Final Fantasy XI

P.S. And if we have to pay for a network adapter,AND pay for ISP services, so what? If you don't have $40 for the adapter and $12 extra bucks a month (which is CHEAP) I gues you don't play the game. I also guess it just shows how hardcore you really are.....

Final Fantasy XI

I got the beta version of FFXI and it rocks.I do have one down-side to the game people with top of the line stuff for a cp can only play it.This game requires you to have a good graphic card, a p4+, 6gb of free space,128mb+ of ram, Direct 8.1 compatible sound card, a good internet connection like 128k or faster(I recommend).Can't wait till the full version comes out........UNTIL THEN!!!

Final Fantasy XI

I cant believe that they are making another f**kin shit amine game, get over it, it is lucky that they are releasing it on the the PS2 cause their already shit, while people want for their game to load they will log onto the net and bat over some childporn cause they will have nothin else to do while the wait, except to root their mothers

Final Fantasy XI

nobody give a shit about this anime ratshit final fantasy 1000, f**king gooks need to learn that the games that they make are f**king useless and never sell, only being released on ps2, where it will take 30 years to load the gayness, then the gook kunts in the stores will go and bat on the picture of that slut in the game. and the only people out of japan to play this shit will be foxy and bocerous, except fox can't even play it cos his shit ps2 is broken after batting on it too many times

Final Fantasy XI

For those of you think it's stupied, makes me think did you ever tried it before? or you just talk shit? but anyway for those of you care...PC version will be out on 24th of this month, and PS2 version will be out at Jan : But anyway the beta had ended and as far as i can tell, all the people i talked to in the game seems to enjoy it, and for those of you think EverQuest is good, then i'll suggest you get this tgame and think again. I think it's the best one so far

Final Fantasy XI

Wow you all are very rude. Learn how to spell, OK? Haha. And Japanese people are not "Gooks". Learn your damn racial slurs correctly. Go back to elementary school and learn how to f**king spell, all of you. And while you're at it, I hope your mentality AT LEAST gets a little better.

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