Some new updates on the first online entry in the Final Fantasy series have been discovered. Those complaining about the large number of characters in some of Square's recent games need not apply, for over two thousand characters will be playable in Final Fantasy XI. In addition, to assist with the language barrier, graphical symbols like those found in Phantasy Star Online will be available for communication between players playing online.
Many players have dismissed Final Fantasy XI, claiming that it will forego the moving single-player storylines in favor of a nonlinear persistent online world. This will not actually be the case, for each of the characters has his or her own goals to pursue, all of which come together to form a complete storyline. Final Fantasy XI is expected to arrive in Japan in Spring 2002.