Square Enix has decided to pull the plug on a mobile port of the Final Fantasy XI Online multiplayer online game (MMO) for mobile devices after more than five years of development.
Final Fantasy XI Online was released for the PS2 and Windows PCs back in 2002, followed by the Xbox 360 version in 2003. Support for both token versions ended in March 2016, but by then there was a version mobile is already being developed under the name Final Fantasy XI R, with Korean developer Nexon handling the port. Nexon specializes in online games for both PC and mobile platforms, and runs over 80 titles.
However, as Siliconera reports, development did not run smoothly and in the end the game was postponed, albeit quietly. Updates to development stopped a year or two ago and little has been heard since. It has now been announced that Square Enix halted development in December last year, with Nexon confirming that the project was officially shut down last month. No clear reason was given as to why development did not run smoothly outside of a proposal.
Square Enix may not be too concerned about the mobile port. The PC version continues to receive regular updates and has an active player base. The much newer Final Fantasy XIV is also going from strength to strength and recently made it to the best PCMag PC MMag list for 2021.