This jump in interest owes to the addition of the game’s first new story content in five years. In July, producer Akihiko Matsui announced The Voracious Resurgence, an episodic storyline which will be delivered “over many version updates” and take players to “a side of Vana’diel that’s never before seen the light.” Players are required to have completed the whole storyling up through the final scenario, Rhapsodies of Vana’diel, in order to access the new tale.
Yesterday Square-Enix announced “the first part” of Voracious Resurgence Chapter 2 will arrive with Final Fantasy XI‘s next version update, due November 10. The story content is accompanied by revisions to the player-to-player mentorship system and a new Assist Channel “designed for new and returning players to give help and advice from experienced veterans and help them feel involved and integrated in the FFXI community,” and a new chapter of Ambuscade battles for veteran players.
Those interested in checking out eighteen years of Vana’diel history for the first time, or returning to the game, can find Final Fantasy XI on Steam or Square-Enix’s online store, where the Ultimate Collection Seekers Edition contains the core game and all expansions in one package. A subscription fee is still required, at $12 USD monthly.