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In anticipation of the highly anticipated 20th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY XI Online, SQUARE ENIX® today released “WE ARE VANA’DIEL®”, a special website and center of celebration as the long-running MMO counts down to this milestone.

The WE ARE VANA’DIEL website can be viewed here:

“As you may expect, various memories have amassed over the course of nearly twenty years of FFXI,” said FINAL FANTASY XI Producer Akihiko Matsui as part of his opening message for the website. “We wanted to create a continually enjoyable website with engaging features in which adventurers partake. Our goal is to retell the history of those who have adventured with us over the last twenty years, to serve as a beacon of inspiration for new and returning adventurers to set forth on journeys of their own.”

The FINAL FANTASY XI World Map – Illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano

“WE ARE VANA’DIEL” debuts with three sections that highlight various aspects of FINAL FANTASY XI and its history throughout the years:

  • WE REMEMBER VANA’DIEL – Explore the rich and storied history of the world of FINAL FANTASY XI through this interactive timeline, which recaps major events and announcements for the game, highlights in-game stories and content adventurers may fondly remember, and showcases behind-the-scenes commentary from the development and operations teams. The timeline will be updated periodically with additional staff commentary.
  • WE DISCUSS VANA’DIEL – FINAL FANTASY XI Producer Akihiko Matsui is joined by various guests with deep ties to the game to speak about their memories and experiences in Vana’diel. The first of these conversations features Hiromichi Tanaka, producer of FINAL FANTASY XI from the beginning of development until 2012—additional discussions will be added in future website updates.


  • WE ILLUSTRATE VANA’DIEL – Beautiful illustrations and artwork created throughout the years for FINAL FANTASY XI come together in this special gallery—enjoy the work of Yoshitaka Amano, Tetsuya Nomura, and other talented creators who brought FINAL FANTASY XI to life through art. Artwork will be added to the gallery through periodic updates, with showcased artwork also being available for download as PC wallpapers.

The “WE ARE VANA’DIEL” special website will be updated periodically with additional content.

Illustration from the Rise of the Zilart Expansion by Yoshitaka Amano

FINAL FANTASY XI Online is an online multiplayer RPG that challenges players to journey through the world of Vana’diel — a world of fantasy, adventure, and exploration. Heed the call and join players from around the world to become the hero that Vana’diel needs. Discover new creatures, pioneer wild lands, and conquer quests on your daring journey.

FINAL FANTASY XI Online adventurers now have a tool at their disposal to find old friends with the FFXI ReFriender. The application aids players of the acclaimed SQUARE ENIX® MMORPG title in reuniting with friends that shared past adventures, resuming their exciting journey, and even seeking out that “certain someone” with whom they roamed the land of Vana’diel in years past. More information on the FFXI ReFriender system may be found at

FINAL FANTASY XI Online is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at for more information about ratings.

Related Links:
Official FINAL FANTASY XI Website:
Official WE ARE VANA’DIEL Website:
Official Facebook:
Official Twitter: @FFXI_EN

About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal™. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 161 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 82 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 82 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

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