Following hot on the heels of the announcement of Final Fantasy Grandmasters, an action-RPG set in the Final Fantasy 11 world, Square Enix also announced plans to create a special mobile version of Final Fantasy 11 itself. Under development by Nexon, the developers behind the hit free-to-play online RPG MapleStory, this version of the game will have some changes made to it in order to better fit the mobile market. Which is to say, it's going to be free-to-play, among other changes.

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You can check out the first marketing screens at Japanese site Gamestalk, but there's not much to see. The screens focus more on how certain aspects of the game might change in its migration to mobile, and use images from the existing versions as backdrops for the text. It seems more like spit-balling at this point than any firm plans, but the game looks to at least share the same content as the main version, even if the particulars of the gameplay change. It's at least firm enough for Square Enix to grace it as the first of a new genre, the 'MMMRPG', or massively multiplayer mobile role-playing game. Well, I guess we'll have to see how this goes.

As with Final Fantasy Grandmasters, we have little information about the mobile native version of Final Fantasy 11 at the moment. Unlike Grandmasters, we're probably going to be waiting a while before we get anything substantial, but we'll be sure to tell you about anything we hear. If anything, today's news shows just how strong the mobile market is in Japan, something that Square Enix seems to have no intentions of letting slip by them.

  • evilabdy

    I wonder if it will carry over some actual progress from the pc version. If not that's ok. I used to be highly addicted to ffxi. This could be bad

  • siryami220

    Wow, this is pretty ambitious. I love FFXI so I can't wait to see how the final product is going to be.

  • rotopenguin

    How about turning the Gameboy Final Fantasy Legend series (which is really some other game rebranded, like Mario 2) into F2P? It's already halfway designed for monetization: weapons have limited uses and punishes you for having a homogenous party (humans free, other classes IAP). Basic HP Max levelups are a purchased good in #1, just carry that through all of the other stats.

    • Morgan01

      Who even wants freemiums? They just try to bleed you to death...

  • musicalmac

    I really hope it's at least as ambitious as Order & Chaos. Being that this is SE we're talking about, I do recommend we temper our expectations. But this is exciting news nonetheless.

  • Joshua Woodward

    Hmmm this could be good! They should take away leveling down. That wasn't cool... Another change can we solo average monsters??? I want to be a white Mage, not dependent on a warrior so I can kill stuff... That and make Yhotor Jungle easy to navigate??? I could hardly get through that on a larger screen!

  • Zephro

    Nexon: dead before it even started. They'll run any game they're in charge of into the ground.

  • falco

    This look good, will it be free to play ?

  • Joshua Woodward

    For iPhone?

  • swatbot

    I wonder if we'll ever get anymore of the single-player titles (eg VII, X, XII)... or if that's all been shelved.. will still check this out, if it ever crosses the ol' series of tubes over to the West

  • Rawk GWJ

    FFXI is the only MMO that I've ever loved. I hope they do it justice.

  • Joshua Woodward

    Coming up on March 2016 now. Looking forward to seeing anything new on the FFXI mobile title!

    • Toffeeman

      Been a year with no news at all