Six years after it was announced, Final Fantasy XI Reboot, a mobile version of Square’s early 2000s MMORPG, has officially been cancelled.
The cancellation came as co-developers Square Enix and Nexon decided the mobile version didn’t meet the creative standards Final Fantasy fans have come to expect from the series.
However, that 2016 release window came and went, and it wasn’t until 2018 that FFXI Reboot resurfaced through a series of screenshots posted to ResetEra. The screenshots, pulled from Nexon’s website at the time, showed a promising look at the mobile version’s progress, though no further development updates were given leading up to its cancellation three years later.
The game was initially intended to optimize the MMORPG experience for smartphones by “improving party organizing systems, enriching solo-play functionality, improving battle functionality and enhancing in-game events and features,”
Following the cancellation, the development staff will be moved to other projects. I’m not really surprised that Final Fantasy 11‘s mobile reboot has been cancelled but I am surprised it took so long for it to be confirmed. With almost no real information about the project barring some screenshots in a job listing, it is disappointing for those that were looking forward to revisit Final Fantasy 11 through the mobile version.
What do you think, where you looking to play the Final Fantasy 11 mobile reboot?