Final Fantasy XI is the first online Final Fantasy RPG from Square Enix.
Game installs, updates, loads, and runs. Combat's good. Quests work
Gamepad works well, too. Should be fine unless you try anything in the "What does not work" section.
What does not
Home Point Crystal warp crashes the game on arrival to destination.
What was not tested
Japanese input, Gamepad Rumble. Instance Battles
I have to rate this one down again. The Home Point Warp Crash is a deal-breaker.
At this time, 4.0 RCs are only available through Gentoo Overlays.
My notebook reads as follows:
winecfg set to window 1600x900, set desired audio output
running wine PlayOnline/setup.exe - Clean install
running wine INST1/setup.exe - Clean install, a bit slow, though
running wine polcfg.exe - runs clean, configured gamepad
running wine "FINAL FANTASY XI Config.exe" - set resolutions to 1600x900, increased other settings to maximum, enabled gamepad
running wine pol.exe - update runs clean.
Game ran fine... until I did a crystal warp from Jeuno to Bastok.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||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|
|Current||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