Final Fantasy XI is the first online Final Fantasy RPG from Square Enix.
All regular gameplay seems to work fine.
The opening movie seems to actually play in its entirety. Can't say the same for my Windows Install.
Extended play works fine with no apparent memory issues.
Supersampling (i.e., larger render resolution than output resolution) works well, as does having the interface elements at a different resolution.
What does not
Shadows and a maximized chat log seem to cause a drop in framerates
If the gamepad is disconnected and then reconnected, the game does not pick it back up.
In my tests, POL will disconnect you if you watch the whole opening movie. I don't know if this is a Wine issue or a FFXI/POL issue.
Some graphical glitches exist, such as polygon seams that don't seem to fully connect. You can see this in Lower Jeuno
Setting shadows to "normal" or "off" seems to improve performance greatly.
What was not tested
Japanese Input remains untested
Installation was not tested, however my tests with 5.4 appeared to indicate that the installer has a hangup that causes it to freeze for a few minutes, then continue as normal.
Extremely large and dynamic battles were not tested, however, based on other experience, disabling shadows should make such situations quite playable.
Lowest FPS Observed:
Leveling w/ Trusts - 27FPS
Lower Jeuno Auction House, No Shadows, UI hidden - 28FPS
LJAH, Normal Shadows, UI hidden - 28FPS
LJAH, High Shadows, UI hidden - 17FPS
LJAH, No Shadows, Text box maximized - 11FPS
LJAH, Normal Shadows, Text box maximized - 11FPS
LJAH, High Shadows, Text box maximized - 8FPS
System Hardware info:
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
2x GTX1080Ti GPUs
(Hardware is dual-booting with a Windows install to facilitate symmetric testing)
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Mar 29 2020||5.5||N/A||Yes||Yes||Silver||Pandoraxero|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Mar 15 2020||5.3||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Pandoraxero|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Jun 24 2019||4.11||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Chiitoo|
|Show||macOS Mojave 10.14||Feb 15 2019||4.1||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Christopher Strom|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Jan 08 2019||4.0-rc3-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Pandoraxero|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|28861||Final Fantasy XI hangs after character selection||NEW||View|
|32931||FFXI Amazon Downloader crashes when trying to download install files||NEW||View|
|40794||PlayOnline Viewer crashes when using a game controller.||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|41641||Final Fantasy XI: incorrect face culling; no glitches when disabled||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|45520||Install Shield fails on 64bit prefix with Silent install||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|47577||Final Fantasy XI crashes||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|47651||PlayOnline Viewer: Page fault on read access at launch time.||UNCONFIRMED||View|
The PlayOnline Viewer and Final Fantasy XI installation/data files can be downloaded from the PlayOnline website(s):
During the installation process of Final Fantasy XI, a window with only borders, and no rendered content may be seen, and the 'msiexec' process can be using up to 100% of a single CPU core while possibly processing the 'FINAL_FANTASY_XI.msi' file probably. This can take up to at least four (4) minutes, but should eventually complete.
Last updated until this point: 2019-06-14
Windows 7 needs to be set as the reported Windows version, or the game client will crash after accepting the licence agreement.
Everything imaginable in-game works, though the game can be quite heavy, depending on settings (especially due to the shadows). Using CSMT from Staging helps with FPS by allowing more CPU to be used.
A PS2-controller via a simple USB-converter works flawlessly (aside from sometimes when entering the game, and the analog mode is off, the player character and the camera will start moving by themselves, but they stop when the analog mode is enabled (whether or not this would happen on Windows as well is unknown at this time)).
Requires the Japanese PlayOnline Viewer software, as is intended (using 'uim' to switch input methods).
Works while in PlayOnline Viewer, but not while in-game. This may be due to how things are built-in. It is possible to paste text from outside the PlayOnline Viewer into it, but the same is not true for the actual game client.
The following information may be largely out of date since 2016-12-19 or earlier.
HOWTO - Final Fantasy XI: The Ultimate Collection 2011
This HOWTO will help you get Final Fantasy XI setup on your machine using "The Ultimate Collection 2011" retail package, or equivalent media. Here you will also find a guide to get the PlayOnline Viewer running. This HOWTO is complete to the best knowledge of its creators, however, there may be some errors that have not been resolved.
Please note that in order to run this game, you will most likely NEED the proprietary drivers for your graphics card(s). Open-source drivers are known to have problems with 3D rendering, and may render many things incorrectly or slowly. Please bear this in mind when submitting test results, as well.
Running more than one instance of FFXI:
WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/.wine-second" wine /path/to/first/full/FFXI/Install/pol.exe
/home/yourname/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/PlayOnline/ and one copy of that install in: /home/yourname/.wine-second/drive_c/Program Files/PlayOnline/
WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/.wine-second" wine /path/to/copy/of/full/FFXI/Install/pol.exe