Final Fantasy XI Reboot- A First Look


This week at the Nexon Developers Conference, the first ever images of the new Final Fantasy Mobile game were shown and wound up on a Japanese blog, the images bearing the title, “Final Fantasy XI Reboot”.

As many of you well remember, back in March 2015, Square Enix announced The Vana’Diel Project– a means to finally wind down the epic MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, first through a final chapter to the game’s story in Rhapsodies of Vana’Diel, and second, through two new mobile games.

The first was Final Fantasy Grandmasters, a mobile game currently only released in Japan that uses the world and jobs of Final Fantasy XI as its backdrop.

The second was a brand new type of game Square Enix dubbed an MMMORPG- Massively Multiplayer Mobile Online Role Playing Game which in turn was tentatively titled the “Final Fantasy XI Mobile”.



RablaAndrews of the /r/FFXI Subreddit translated the article:

In a session at Nexon Developers Conference 2016, Nexon revealed the ‘FINAL FANTASY XI Reboot’ Project in co-development with Square Enix will be using Unreal Engine 4 as it’s primary engine They also shared the first look at the game screen. Typically, a lot of developers use a HTTP Enivronment to power a mobile title, but with this there is a struggle to display the player’s movements and and changes on the field in real-time. To solve this, they are using a combination of Web servers and TCP servers, in order to reproduce the environments to match the PC version of the title in the mobile terminal. FFXI Reboot is currently planned for release on both iOS and Android platforms. Currently it is still in the early stages of development, with more work to do on Field and Battle portions of the software.


If you listened to our initial reactions to The Vana’Diel Project, nobody was really optimistic for the future of Final Fantasy XI as a mobile game; needing buttons, potential drop in quality, why not just develop it for PC or an actual handheld console etc… however, after viewing these screenshots, the first I’m assuming comes from a cutscene and the second of actual game play footage, I’m genuinely impressed in how beautiful it looks, especially considering it’s still in the very early stages of development. 


Final Fantasy XI Reboot is currently planned to be released on iOS and Android at an unknown date.

21 thoughts on “Final Fantasy XI Reboot- A First Look

  1. I’m cautiously optimistic if nothing else for nostalgia’s sake. That said, any idea if they plan on expanding this to the west? Or will it be JP only again like Grandmasters?

    1. The mobile title is being published by Nexon and is supposed to be coming out globally.

      1. Ah thank you for explaining that. I’m don’t play many games that are mobile so I was unfamiliar with the publisher. I’m assuming Grandmasters was a different company?

        1. Grandmasters was put out by SE themselves. Nexon is pretty well known in the US for a variety of free to play games such as MapleStory, Mabinogi, Vindictus, Combat Arms, Dirty Bomb, and Atlantica Online.

        2. Nexon is also well known for their retarded region locks and localization delays spanning years…

        3. Some definite truth in that, especially in the early years of GMS- it’s not as far behind KMS as it once was though, at least.

        4. Thinking back to my experiences with Nexon Europe, I’m torn between hysterical laughter and “Oh well, I’ll just stick to FFXIV for my mmo-ish Final Fantasy needs…” ^^’

  2. based on the images, I’m more concerned about a game like this having “Energy” like many mobile games have.

    I realize that Energy was partially an industry response to parents concerned about people s pending too much time on their phones. However, I still hate it as I should be able to be fully in control of my own experience without paying extra to increase a time constraint.

    1. Agreed. That’s mainly the reason I don’t normally play mobile games.

  3. This looks awesome! Or at least, I’m very interested in how it all comes together. :)

  4. You can play bluestack to use this :)
    not have to play on Mobile.


  5. “Why not develop it for an actual portable console”
    Because the greedy jap jews won’t have a good reason to nickel and dime you for every single thing if they did.

  6. It looks great…but good lord all them currency’s at the top.

    …still would just rather like a sequel game that looks even that good on PC….come on SE make FFXI-2 happen.

    1. I would literally tear up with joy if that happened :)… FFXI has been with me for about half my life now and it will always hold strong memories of my most favorite MMORPG… possibly even game.

  7. Looking good, and if it has the same deepness as XI had, like some gear boosting certain abilities/spells/traits, magic burst, skill chains then yes yes yes.. Looks better than XIV too, and hopefully is more fun to play.

  8. what worries me the most is Nexon is a huge pay to win company

  9. I want to be excited for it but I agree the stuff at the top with a + to me just means “Pay to have more”. I’d be fine with a small monthly fee to remove that for good.

  10. well if anything you can still use a app player Like Nox and play it on a PC that way

  11. Well currencies are Square’s idea on grind to slow players down.This could really turn the game upside down if Nexon run this through the cash shop.
    Originally this was speculated to not be directly related to FFXi but now i am seeing a notion it will be exactly FFXI but with a few toned down aspects but smoother graphics.
    The problem i have is this current FFXI team,they have stuck with “FFXIV”the very idea i HATE and that is Item level gear gaming.It has huge restrictions and FORCES players into a gear grind to advance and that is BAD game design.

    Mention of 3 man groups is odd,if it is simply a FFXI remake for mobile being that the mobile market is so huge,then how could they restrict the game down to 3 man group?

  12. I am amazed at how intrusive mobile games have been on your wallet.They are far more expensive than fully fledged pc games with massive grind if you are not willing to fork over loads o cash.

    I like many others loved FFXI and wish for a return to the good old days but i fear for this game,it will be too costly to play and leave me frustrated with both Nexon and SE.

    Just look at what SE is doing with FFVII,they are splitting it up into many dlcs to ripoff consumers.SE has learned a lot from the likes of Nexon,they are every bit as greedy and seem to be getting away with it.

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