The first trailer for Square Enix’s second Final Fantasy MMO, Final Fantasy XIV, has washed on the shores of the internet. It’s… Japanese? And pretty. That said, I’m not sure how close to the game this is, because the main site shows stills from the video as “screenshots”, which seems a bit unlikely. Anyway, this is very much a next-generation build for Final Fantasy XI, with Square Enix talking about allowing people to transfer old character names to the new game, as well as being able create very similar avatars based on the same race types and classes. Lots of changes to the details of combat and professions, of course, but we can assume the core experience will be rather similar. The game is scheduled for some time in 2010.
Come on, hands up if you played and loved Final Fantasy XI, I know you’re out there.