E3 '07: Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess Impressions

Time will be on your side in the latest expansion to the online Final Fantasy world.

The online RPG Final Fantasy XI has been around in some form or another on PCs and consoles since 2003, but despite its age Square Enix is still adding new content to the gameworld. The fourth expansion pack for Final Fantasy XI, Wings of the Goddess, is due out before the end of 2007, and we sat down with some of the creators of the game at E3 07 to find out the latest.

In a roundtable session with Square Enix planner Koichi Ogawa, software development senior VP Hiromichi Tanaka, and producer Yasu Kurosawa, the three executives confirmed what the game's first official trailer hinted at--that time will play an integral part in Wings of the Goddess.

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The new expansion will take players back 20 years in time--putting them smack in the middle of the Crystal Wars, the event which so irrevocably shaped Final Fantasy XI's world of Vana'diel. Many of the "new" areas to be added in Wings of the Goddess will actually be current locations in the gameworld as they were before the Crystal Wars, as well as new monsters that only existed in Vana'diel's past (including earlier versions of beastmen). The Square Enix execs declined to shed any more light on how the time-travel storyline will play out in the game, although they did cryptically say that the past won't simply be a parallel world for players--how a character performs in the past will apparently affect events in present day Vana'diel.

Other gameplay-specific details were light on the ground, but we did manage to find out that Wings of the Goddess will feature 30 new areas (including completely new ones mixed with Vana'diel past locations) and several new jobs for characters. With the game already out for several years, high-level players are fairly common in the gameworld--Wings of the Goddess will cater mostly to these players, with roughly 70 percent of new quests tailored specifically for the higher echelon.

Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess is set for a simultaneous release for the PS2, Xbox 360, and PC in Q4 2007.

Discussion

37 comments
Ba0ng89
Ba0ng89

Hahahahah Njarf dude you tell me about it...there are mad immature kids that play WoW dude...no offense but FFXI has a better community :]

Nagidar
Nagidar

I've played both WoW and FFXI in-depth, I have a 70 Rogue and a 70 Hunter in WoW and a 75DRK and 75THF in FFXI, now I quit FFXI about 11 months ago and started WoW, although I like WoW, there was just something about FFXI that I just couldn't get away from, so I am currently trying to get my character restored in FFXI to make a come back, hopefully SE can find my character and I will be able to come back. I'm very interested in how they will work this expansion, like, how will your actions in the past effect the present/future? This expansion seems very interesting and I can't wait to check it out and get into it, not to mention, they're suppose to be adding new jobs, gonna be fun to see.

Njarf
Njarf

Been playing FFXI off and on since North America release, though have never been able to get past level 40 because of work and school. (Last I remember I was a level 28 Dragoon, gotta' love having a small wyvern singing your eyebrows off) This expansion will probably bring me back for atleast a couple months, it looks very promising, as always. The time-travel aspect seems could be rewarding. Maybe they'll have a couple areas that you can solo at, finding parties DOES take forever (Especially on Fairy), but you normally get mature players interested in having fun and gaining those awesome levels. On the off occasion that you get the stereotypical 10-year-old brat, I've noticed that he/she is usually booted from the party. Unlike WoW, where immaturity seems to rule over its playerbase. (Sorry for the attack on WoW, but c'mon, many who've played it know I speak the truth)

degenerate138
degenerate138

Final Fantasy is probably the most successful video game franchises ever. They keep succeeding by making quality games. Final Fantasy XI is just a single example. The game is VERY in-depth and and addicting. It is very social based, meaning you need to play with other players to reach your goals. Without other people, there is no way you can advance in this game. If you have the time and patience, this is a very good choice if you want to play an MMORPG. Really in my opinion this game is 100% better than WoW and I've played that game pretty extensively. This expansion sounds pretty amazing, considering the fact that the events you take part in effect your character in "present day" Vana'diel. Anyway, 30 new areas and new jobs is gonna add even MORE content to a game that is friggen long as hell as it is now.

szen
szen

any words on the new jobs I heard dancer was suppose to be one of them which we will be expecting 3 like usual but you just never know and I get to do some solo stuff it all depends on your job and gear and most of the people that been playing FFXI and go to WoW always end up coming back to FFXI so point made yes it's hard and ridiculous at times but it is still fun and time management you justs get what you put inot just like anything in real life too, beside thanks for the info if anyone knows anything about the jobs and at all times have fun good day peeps ^.~

whitewarriar75
whitewarriar75

Yeah sounds great, I can't wait but what is the monthly fee gonna be ??

TrevasGallant
TrevasGallant

If they could figure out a way where I'd only need 30 min. or an hour to play at a time, I would be playing. I played FFXI for a year when it first came out in the US and had a blast, but I just don't have the time or patience anymore for those off days where I would sometimes have to wait hours to even find a party. Cutting down on traveling time with personal chocobos probably helped, but it's not enough to get me back. Someone mentioned how WoW did it well since you could solo if you wanted to. I agree that it did it better since I could play for just a little bit if I wanted to, but it still becomes a problem when looking to go do certain instances or battlegrounds. Besides, I like FFXI much more. I would love to see the creators of this game somehow make it so you can have A.I. teammates as substitutes when other people aren't available but give parties with more real people in them huge bonuses to exp, item drops, etc. I guess the huge time sink is the biggest reason why I don't play MMO's/MMORPG's right now.

MiasmaRising
MiasmaRising

"I have finished all Final Fantasies to date but never played the ones on the PC maybe i should buy them an get them are they worth buying people??" If you like MMO's, then this is for you. Lemme put it this way, its better then WOW.

tiffere128
tiffere128

I have finished all Final Fantasies to date but never played the ones on the PC maybe i should buy them an get them are they worth buying people?? Tiffer.

gaa0c85
gaa0c85

final fantasy without online is the best

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

I would prefer a off-line version for the XBOX 360.

MiasmaRising
MiasmaRising

YES! MORE JOB CLASSES! OH GODS BE PRAISED!

PureDante
PureDante

Once you FFXI, you do not go back. 3 years and 4 months~

Ninjiz
Ninjiz

"why solo in a MMO? The whole idea is to get together and play." The point is to be social, and play with friends. But tehre are times when it Shoudl be possible to play on your own. THATS why wow does so well. It takes too long to get things done in ffxi sometimes. Solo content or small group events only ADD to a mmorpg and should be there. FFXI has made many efforts to do this as of late. Which can only be a good thing.

icytower
icytower

There are just too many FF games out there IMHO.

rwnummelin
rwnummelin

why solo in a MMO? The whole idea is to get together and play. If you absolutely need to solo then level beastmaster, puppetmaster, summoner , red mage or black mage. Hell, you can solo with most jobs with ninja sub IF you're a good player. personally I think beastmaster ruin the game.

Jab7604
Jab7604

lets see what it has to offer like the new jobs. i recently quit playing XI for WOW but i may get it for 360 who nos

xkenny24
xkenny24

Well what can I say? It's gonna be another huge success for Square Enix and also can a major title for 2007

xJackelx
xJackelx

"Kronn Not enough solo content to keep the majority happy, In-fact solo'ing to max lvl is not possible. Play WoW sorry I love FFXI but it's not up to specs I cant imerge my life in any game I need to be able to solo." hi2u Beastmaster/Puppetmaster

Kronn
Kronn

Not enough solo content to keep the majority happy, In-fact solo'ing to max lvl is not possible. Play WoW sorry I love FFXI but it's not up to specs I cant imerge my life in any game I need to be able to solo.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I am really excited about this game, Square Enix is creating quite a few final fantasy titles

Bowser05
Bowser05

A Time Mage would be realy cool. This excites me though and I can't wait. Thanks S-E for still giving us players more content!

redanimepimp
redanimepimp

Man they are adding so much stuff in this new add-on. This time travel stuff sounds fun. I cant wait to see it in action. Time Mage has to be added in it only makes sense now.

deadman262
deadman262

"I don't see why they need to add more to the game. Is the user base still that large? I heard it didn't do that well." Square Enix says 500,000+ users play FFXI, and the 32 servers are all still very much populated nicely, as they've been for at least the past 12 months. Sure, it's not WoW's 8.5 million, but most MMOs fall into decline after 3-4 years, while FFXI has maintained it's user base going into it's 6th year of service, which, for all the slack people put against the game for its difficulty, and time consuming manner (Which they've been finally fixing recently), is quite astonishing.

RPGOmen
RPGOmen

Hmm... Wonder if a "Time Mage" will be a class since the expansion's all about time and stuff. Ah well, I'd definitely want to come back and try one of my favorite Final Fantasy classes if it is. Though, they'd probably have to release both a new healing class and tank class if they're expecting to liven up the partying process; else most people will just be the new classes with none of the beforementioned class types to play with.

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

More content is all nice and stuff but how about a graphics update, those graphics are quite old now and could use an upgrade.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I don't see why they need to add more to the game. Is the user base still that large? I heard it didn't do that well.

FearNeutron
FearNeutron

I would be all over this if it added some sense of soloability to the leveling system. But alas, it probably won't. =( Makes me sad, FFXI is such a good game except for that.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Well we all know this game is going to be good

ZennyX
ZennyX

cool i want to know what the new jobs are going to be

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

lol, i dont think so anfangs, first i need to start playing my ffxi, i have the 360 version nad havent played it yet

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

So does that mean that players in the "past" can mess around with players in the "current" time?

grambyte
grambyte

I just can't wait to get my hands on this game