The Tenth Adventurer Appreciation Campaign Comes Crashing in! (16/05/2012)

Today, May 16th, marks a marvelous milestone in the annals of FINAL FANTASY XI: ten whole years have passed since service first started in Japan!

Vana'diel would not be the thriving community it is today without ardent adventurers like you questing and crusading all across the globe, and for that you have our utmost appreciation.

Speaking of appreciation, it's that time of year again! The Adventurer Appreciation Campaign kicks off today, and in honor of the occasion, we present you with a special message from the development team in recognition of all that you have done for the realm!

It is a wonderful feeling to know that Vana'diel has thrived for so long. Ten years to the day have passed since FINAL FANTASY XI was first officially released back in 2002, and the realm continues to prosper.

We may be considered the caretakers of Vana'diel, but the realm could not have grown so vast and vibrant without the aid and enthusiasm of adventurers like you, and for that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Countless tales of indelible encounters and heart-wrenching farewells have been told through the years over Vana'diel's multiple continents, and those stories have imbued the world with a far richer history than we could ever have imagined. While there are those who have left Vana'diel for other shores, legions of gallant heroes and heroines remain to perform spectacular feats while stalwartly protecting the realm.

Through all of these trials and tribulations, however, the wind still bellows across the deserts of Gustaberg, rain gives way to rainbows over Windurst's walls, stars still illuminate the night sky above San d'Oria, and adventurers still roam the land in search of new discoveries. Should the adventuring spirit arise whithin you, myriad mysteries still need be uncovered and new chapters in the realm's history remain to be written. For as long as you can fight in defense of the realm, you will be always be welcome in your second homeland.

Thank you for all the wonderful years you have given to Vana'diel, and may there be many more to come.

-The FINAL FANTASY XI Team Producer Hiromichi Tanaka