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Square Enix partners with Nexon to make Final Fantasy XI Mobile

Due in 2016
Square Enix partners with Nexon to make Final Fantasy XI Mobile

F2P publisher Nexon has announced that its Korean arm is about to put its muscle behind porting PlayStation 2 and PC MMORPG Final Fantasy XI to mobile.

The Tokyo-based company will be working closely with original developer Square Enix on the project, with a release date pencilled in for 2016.

The game will be called – aptly - Final Fantasy XI Mobile.

Massive multiplayer

The developers have claimed the game will offer improved party organising, better solo-play and battle functionality, enriched community features, and other tweaks to boost the overall experience.

“Developing a high-quality mobile adaptation of Final Fantasy XI with Nexon, with an extensive track record of successfully collaborating with global partners, is a great opportunity for Square Enix,” said Yosuke Matsuda, its president and CEO.

“Through this partnership, Final Fantasy XI, which has enjoyed 13 years of noteworthy success on game console and PC, will make a significant step onto the mobile platform.”

It's the second high-profile partnership of recent months for Nexon Korea, having announced in January it would begin production of an Asia-first Lego RPG. 

The stream of deals could be in part down to strong Q3 2014 results, which saw Nexon's mobile revenues go up by 41 per cent to $88 million.