There’s a brand new We are Vana’Diel web site designed to have fun Final Fantasy XI turning 21 years outdated. Most notably, the positioning will host a collection of interviews discussing the sport’s improvement and progress. The newest has to do with its earliest days. Specifically, a Producer Hiromichi Tanaka FFXI interview defined how he and Hironobu Sakaguchi fought for the sport’s identify to not be Final Fantasy Online.

Tanaka started by noting it was Sakaguchi who began the struggle to make sure FFXI would go by that identify, slightly than one thing like Final Fantasy Online. The purpose was to unify and guarantee folks would see it as a mainline sport, slightly than a spin-off. When Sakaguchi left the corporate, Tanaka stated he then satisfied present Square President Yoichi Wada to permit it to be FFXI.

Here’s the complete collection of quotes from the interview during which Tanaka defined what occurred.

With that stated, Mr. Sakaguchi and I did speak about how if we made an MMORPG, it must be based mostly on FF. Then once we have been deciding whether or not to name it “FF Online” or launch it as a numbered entry within the collection, Mr. Sakaguchi adamantly believed it must be launched as a numbered entry.

He insisted {that a} sport with a reputation like “FF World” could be seen as a spin-off slightly than a important entry within the FF collection, which led to a debate between him and administration.

Management needed to revoke its place as a numbered entry in a while as a result of they feared many gamers could be unable to play the sport, because it required buying further {hardware} on high of the PS2 console. During the controversy, nonetheless, Mr. Sakaguchi left Square in 2001, and there was nobody left to defend FFXI’s place as a numbered entry. (laughs) Even then, I strongly believed that future titles within the FF collection must be on-line. Although I used to be approached a number of occasions by the corporate president on the time, Yoichi Wada, to revoke FFXI’s standing as a numbered entry within the FF collection, I ended up persuading him as a substitute.

Final Fantasy XI is offered on PCs. It additionally appeared on the PS2 and Xbox 360 for a time, although the MMORPG is not out there on both platform.