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The Return Home to Vana'diel Campaign Makes a Triumphant Return!
Posted by: Cuer - Wed Dec 10th, 2008 11:16 am EST
From the Official FFXI Site (December 10):
Return Home to Vana'diel Campaign

Back by popular demand, we're proud to announce that the Return Home to Vana'diel Campaign is now better than ever before! In this latest version of the campaign, the types of characters that can be restored have been vastly expanded! Also, these characters will be able to enjoy the benefits of the previous campaign by receiving the ever-popular Anniversary Ring.

There's never been a better time to dust off your armor, sharpen that sword, collect a free Anniversary Ring, and get back in the chocosaddle again! Don't miss out!

The Return Home to Vana'diel Campaign is scheduled to begin on Thursday, December 18th, 2008.

Click here for more details.

Fan Festival 2008: Thanks for the Memories!
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Dec 09th, 2008 11:44 am EST
From the Official FFXI Site (December 9):
Fan Festival 2008

Fan Festival 2008 came to a close Saturday night to the sound of roaring applause and the sight of bright, excited faces, eager to get their hands on the thrilling new content they had just witnessed. We thoroughly enjoyed this year's Fan Festival and hope all of our attendees had a great time as well. For those who were unable to go, we're preparing a full report on all the events and attractions this year, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we'd like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who attended, and thanks of course to all the players around the world who continue to enjoy FINAL FANTASY XI.

Also see the Fan Festival 2008 news and interview from 1UP.

The December Version Update Cometh!
Posted by: Cuer - Mon Dec 08th, 2008 01:34 pm EST
From the Official FFXI Site (December 7):

The December version update, with more new content and adjustments than you can wave a stick at, is now ready for download! The following and much, much more awaits you!
- New missions for the Wings of the Goddess expansion.
- The new in-game system, "Fields of Valor."
-The addition of the Group 2 merit point category for dancers and scholars.
- More rewarding adventuring with Treasure Caskets.
- Additions and adjustments to Campaign.
- Further tweaks to the Level Sync system.

The juicy details are available for your perusal here.

New Features for Dancers and Scholars!
Posted by: Cuer - Sun Dec 07th, 2008 04:18 pm EST
From the Official FFXI Site (December 7):

The upcoming version update will have dancers and scholars across Vana'diel rejoicing in the streets, as it promises long-awaited features that will make these jobs more effective and rewarding to play than ever before!

Read here for the details!

All Worlds Maintenance and FFXI Patch (December 8)
Posted by: Cuer - Fri Dec 05th, 2008 04:25 pm EST
Dec. 5, 2008 03:00 [PST] From: FINAL FANTASY XI

All Worlds Maintenance (Dec. 8)

At the following time, we will be performing maintenance on all FINAL FANTASY XI worlds to accompany the version update. During this period, FINAL FANTASY XI will be unavailable.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

* This maintenance will be accompanied by a version update. After maintenance is complete, the update will automatically begin after you press the "Play" button. After that, please follow the instructions on the screen.

* The World Transfer Service will be unavailable starting 30 minutes before the maintenance. Please wait until after the maintenance is completed before attempting to use this service.

* You may receive errors such as "POL-1160" or "POL-0010" during the download process due to heavy server traffic. If you are unable to access the update, we ask that you please wait a while and then try again.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in making this a smooth version update.

* For the update details, please refer to "Topics" on the official PlayOnline.com web site or PlayOnline Viewer which will be available on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008.

[Date & Time]
Dec. 8, 2008 from 8:00 to 11:00 (PST)
* Maintenance completion time may be subject to change.

[Affected Services]

Official PlayOnline Announcement

Troves of New Treasures Await You!
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Dec 02nd, 2008 12:39 pm EST
From the Official FFXI Site (December 02):

It's a feeling every adventurer knows and loves—the heart-racing excitement of discovering a chest stocked full of untold riches. With the forthcoming version update, players can look forward to experiencing this thrill anew with the introduction of the "Treasure Casket," a new type of treasure chest that will hold wonders for those fortunate enough to chance upon one!

Read on for the valuable details!

Fields of Valor Beckon You!
Posted by: Cuer - Fri Nov 28th, 2008 07:18 pm EST
From the Official FFXI Site (November 28):

The much-awaited December version update will see the introduction of "Fields of Valor," a brand new in-game system that will allow players to engage in light-hearted yet rewarding adventuring, regardless of whether they are bereft of company or part of a hulking party.

Click here to find out more.

PlayOnline Viewer Update - November 26, 2008
Posted by: Cuer - Wed Nov 26th, 2008 10:54 pm EST
From the Official FFXI Site (November 26):

Nov. 26, 2008 23:00 [PST] From: PlayOnline

PlayOnline Viewer Update (Nov. 26)

At the following time, we performed a version update of the PlayOnline Viewer for the Windows version.

* The client software has also been updated at this time. The version update process will automatically begin upon login after the time stated below. Please follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

[Update Time]
Nov. 26, 2008 at 23:00 (PST)

[Affected Services]
PlayOnline Viewer

[Important Update Details]
- Friend List security was strengthened to deal with an issue where certain messages were being illegally sent from users other than friends and group friends. We have also changed the "Let's be friends!" and "Would you like to join a friend group?" messages so that senders can no longer alter the text.

- A specific message will be displayed to users who have acquired PlayOnline IDs through the FINAL FANTASY XI 14-day free trial when they log into the PlayOnline Viewer after the free trial has ended. This message will display the number of days left that the account can be transferred to regular billing-based gameplay, and can also take users to the page where these procedures can be performed.

- An issue was addressed where under certain circumstances the PlayStation 2 HDD did not have enough disk space for FINAL FANTASY XI version updates. (PlayStation 2 only)

Official PlayOnline Announcement

Wings of the Goddess Missions!
Posted by: Cuer - Tue Nov 25th, 2008 08:06 am EST
From the Official FFXI Site (November 25):

The free-spirited Troupe Mayakov dancer, Lilisette.
Her sudden arrival in the past has set in motion a series of events that may forever alter the face of world. Will the future that the denizens of Vana'diel glimpse through her eyes of azure be one of hope and triumph? Or will it be that of fire and ash?

Light will finally be shed upon the heretofore unrevealed diabolical plots that imperiled the children of Altana from within the dark recesses of the Crystal War...

Read on to find out more.

News Flash: Three New Expansion Scenarios Announced at Vana'diel Festival 2008!
Posted by: Cuer - Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 11:31 am EST
From the Official FFXI Site (November 22):


Vana'diel Festival 2008 was held today in Tokyo, with a multitude of spirited fans bringing the JCB Hall venue to life. None of those in attendance were able to hide their surprise and delight as the announcement was made for the confirmed development of three new expansion scenarios. In addition to this delicious piece of news, fans were treated to an appetite-whetting preview of the upcoming December version update, and much, much more. We have taken the liberty of preparing a detailed summary of all the exciting events that took place at this year's festival for the benefit of those who were unable to attend.

Proceed here to visit the official homepage for the new expansion scenarios.
And here, for all the latest breaking news from Vana'diel Festival 2008.

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