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The last official PS2 servers have been shut down

It’s the end of an era for the gaming industry, as Square Enix turns off the last PS2 servers for Final Fantasy XI.

The first Final Fantasy MMO was released over a decade ago, in 2002, later seeing a release on Xbox 360 too.

The Xbox servers are to be turned off in conjunction with the PS2’s.

To put the shutdown in perspective, Final Fantasy XI had been running for longer than EVE Online (2003), World of Warcraft (2004), the Guild Wars franchise (2005) and Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011).

Not bad for a console that wasn’t originally designed with online gaming functionality out of the box.

Final Fantasy XI was one of a wave of PS2 titles that utilised the newfangled (at the time) Network Adaptor for online play.

The lack of PS2 servers in general hasn’t stopped gamers from going online though, thanks to software like XlinkKai.

This program effectively fools PS2 games into going online via the console’s LAN play mode.

This is unlikely to work with Final Fantasy XI though, as the game doesn’t have a LAN mode.

Feature image: William Hook via Flickr

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  1. GrahamZA

    April 4, 2016 at 10:09 am

    It’s quite a sad day that the PlayStation 2 is now effectively a dead console. I mean Sony only stopped manufacturing in 2013 – that’s 13 years of the company churning out the same console.

    I remember always wanting to play FFXI, but never getting it. You could only access it with the original PS2 models because of their hard drive dock bays, which was also a nice place to keep you sandwiches warm.

    The PS2 will be missed. *sheds a single tear*

  2. Toko

    April 4, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Like honestly , i dont know why im on this cause i thought all of this websites of stuff is pointless but to hear ps2 shut down ? actually broke my heart …… like , i remember the first ps2 game i played was san andreas when i was like idk 6 -8 years old , and damn , i remember doing cheats when i was a kid just to show my younger cousins i was boss hahahha nah but , i remember when we had family problems , i would just play on the ps2 just to get my mind off stuff , i would play ps2 in my spare time , hell i remember when we got the ps3 i’ll still play the ps2 cause of gta liberty city and san andreas cause i wasnt use to wireless controllers , but i remember when i was a kid i always wanted a ps2 , but we couldnt afford it back then , even though it was abit cheap , even when it was half price we couldnt afford it , but when my cousin gave us his old one cause he was living the adult life , we were so happy and all we just played was gta san andreas , and we honestly probably completed the game 5 time a week hahaha , nah but to be honest , i really dont care what anyone says , playstation 2 was the best console , like yeah , nintendo had super smash bros or gameboys had donkey kong or pokemon but playstation 2 for me rules it all i dont know why im saying this but Rest in piece ps2 , you will be missed

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  4. 5pectrum

    April 7, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Damn i allways wanted a fat ps2 with a hardrive just to play this game… now its dead and the old school online gaming community with it, i don’t know what to do… that was one of my most beloved dreams, play an ancient mmo in a console… now gone…man, even when i just played SOCOM and Star Wars Battlefron 2 online, this is really sad to hear, the most alive console to this day, officialy gone, forever…..

    I feel some part of my heart is now broken..

    While you died in our world, you will be remembered as a hero in yours.
    Rest in peace Playstation 2

  5. Jeremy Freeman

    June 27, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Yeah now you can’t play your Digital PS2 game on PS3 anymore either. Grrr. Tried playing them, they can’t connect to anything, so no sale. 🙁