Greetings, adventurers.
Matsui here with tidings on the June version update.

On Saturday, May 16th, FINAL FANTASY XI celebrated 18 years of service. We would ordinarily have brought you events worthy of this milestone, and I am disappointed that we were unable to do so in time for the Vana’versary. However, it warmed my heart to visit various blogs and community sites and see all your wonderfully creative illustrations, messages, and videos celebrating this occasion. Thank you for letting me spend the anniversary appreciating all your efforts. (As an aside, Monday, May 18th, was my 30th anniversary of joining Square!)

In June, we are planning on bringing you a number of things that were pushed back from the May version update.
Perhaps the biggest of these changes are adjustments to sparks of eminence and unity accolade rewards. We are placing a weekly cap on the amount of points that can be exchanged. You have probably deduced that this is an effort to combat RMT activities in-game. We wanted to combat these activities in a way that would provide minimal pain to the playerbase, but in going over all the data we have, we believe that this is the best place to target to reign in this issue, as they were providing a very easy, stable, and repeatable source of gil. We hope that the majority of you will not suffer too much as a result of this limit.

Next on the docket are the monthly changes to Ambuscade, which this month features dullahans and pteraketos. The pteraketos in particular has defenses that shift when he uses particular abilities, so you might want to consider bringing a balanced physical/magic party—or a party that favors one or the other with the intent of trying to survive until you can deal massive damage. We hope that you will try a variety of party compositions as you tackle this tough foe.

Finally, we are happy to bring you an all-new anniversary event, albeit one month later than we have originally intended. The event will go live a couple days after the version update, so be on the lookout!

The development and operations teams are ramping up our ability to work from home, and we are now at a level where we can resume working on the game at a high capacity, although there are still some improvements to be made in the coming months. We’ll continue filling in the blanks while we enjoy spending time with all of you in Vana’diel!

Below is the usual list of items to be added in the next version update. Some items are still undergoing testing, and there is a small chance that the final list will slightly deviate from this table.

Mission and Quest-related
Implementation TimingUpdate Task and DetailsIn-Progress TaskNotes
JuneRecords of Eminence・Update monthly objectives-

Content and System-related
Implementation TimingUpdate Task and DetailsIn-Progress TaskNotes
JuneAmbuscade・ Replace notorious monster
・ Replace reward items
JuneRecords of Eminence・ Set weekly limit for exchanging points-
JuneUnity Concord・ Set weekly limit for exchanging points-
JunePorter Moogle・ Add to list of supported items-

Implementation TimingUpdate Task and DetailsIn-Progress TaskNotes
JuneAlter Ego・ Adjustments to certain Alter Egos-

Implementation TimingUpdate Task and DetailsIn-Progress TaskNotes
JuneItem・ Add new items-