Last year was a very challenging one for many of us. In the first half, we had growing pains as we adjusted to a new working-from-home environment, with difficulties in commuting to work causing us to create content for FINAL FANTASY XI on the fly. We also had to cancel several in-person events that we had scheduled, which pained us as much as it pained you.
However, we feel incredibly lucky to have been able to continue providing game updates to you despite the hurdles we faced. The Development and Operations teams, as well as all the other behind-the-scenes staff supporting the FINAL FANTASY XI service, are able to provide you the same quality you've come to expect from a much different working environment, and although some items came out a little bit slower than we would have liked, we're proud that we were able to bring you the first several entries in The Voracious Resurgence, our all-new storyline that will carry us from August 2020 through the 20th Vana'versary. We were also able to bring you Mandragora Mania, a new twist to the Harvest Festival event, and a variety of other seasonal activities, which we hope that you have enjoyed to their fullest. In addition, we're proud of the work we did on Ambuscade and Odyssey over the past year. Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy our latest content.
2021 rings in the 19th year of operation for FINAL FANTASY XI. As we countdown (count up?) to the 20th Vana'versary, we're planning a variety of activities that'll make your adventures in our humble world more exciting than ever before.
First, we will continute to periodically add new entries to The Voracious Resurgence. We're just about to start sinking our teeth into the main course of this new offering, so we hope you're looking forward to seeing what's in store. Additionally, we're looking to expand storage options and implement new character growth options for all jobs.
The Development and Operations Teams continue to work tirelessly to provide you with wonderful experiences in the world of Vana'diel, and we hope that you will continue to enjoy FINAL FANTASY XI.
While we are all hoping for a swift end to the coronavirus pandemic, we are unfortunately still in it for the long haul. Let's work together to keep each other safe and to conquer this threat in the same way that our adventurers have toppled the various challenges facing Vana'diel. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the medical and frontline workers who have given selflessly in these most trying of times.
I look forward to the next time that we can share smiles and laughter together in person.
Producer, FINAL FANTASY XI
Read on for New Year information.