- Square Enix gathered Final Fantasy XI fans for a big fan event on the 22nd in Tokyo. The last Japanese FFXI offline event in 2007 saw the announcement of the Wings of the Goddess expansion pack.
This time, while no expansion pack was announced, Square Enix did announce three expansion scenarios.
The three scenarios are titled, in Japanese, Ishi no Miru Yume, Senritsu! Mog Matsuri no Yoru, and Shantotto no Inbou. Each scenario tells a complete story, and all three were headed up by scenario writer Masato Kato. FFXI fans will recognize Kato from his work on the Rise of the Zilart expansion. More recently, he supervised the DS remake of Chrono Trigger.
While not lasting as long as a full expansion pack, Square Enix expects players to clear each scenario in one or two months.
Unlike past expansions, these three scenarios will be offered exclusively through direct download. Square Enix hasn't set pricing, but fans at the event were told to expect somewhere around the 1,000 yen ($10) range.
Ishi no Miru Yume will arrive first some time in Spring 2009. The other two will follow, separated by a few months.
These names, pricing, and release periods concern Japan only. We'll let you know about plans for international versions once Square Enix shares them.