On March 19th, 2015, Square Enix announced that the servers for Final Fantasy XI would be terminated for good today, March 31st, 2016, on both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 consoles. We expect the Xbox 360 will still support online play for its games for a good while longer, but this marks the end of an era for the PlayStation 2.
At this point, you might be scratching your head, wondering if we meant to say the "PlayStation 3." Nope, we mean Sony's second console. Final Fantasy XI was the last supported game on the platform in terms of online functionality. It's hard to believe that it's currently 2016 and the console has still been supported since its release on March 4th, 2000 in the United States and the game's release way back in March of 2004. (A long 12-year run.)
We suppose if you want to, you can crack the console out before the end of today for one last stroll down memory lane before it's gone forever. What a console it has been! If you still want to get in on some Final Fantasy XI action, the PC version will still be trucking along for a bit longer.
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