FFXI adds first fan-created content to game in August. Hopefully it isn't the last!
Fans of MMOs spend a whole lot of time inside the games they love. Despite all that time and effort, it is rare to really leave a lasting impact on the game. In fact, most players, once they quit, may log back in to find that all they've managed to accomplish has been minimized by new level caps, new gear, or that their uber character has been nerfed into the ground. However, thanks to Square Enix, Final Fantasy 11 players have had a chance to leave their impact on the game by designing a shield that will be fully rendered and patched into the MMO itself. The contest began back in May with a deadline of June 6. As of today, July 5, the contest winners have been announced!
The grand prize winner, chosen by Square Enix, is titled Shield of Altana (upper left) and was designed by player Adam F. This shield will be patched into the game in August and will be available as a piece of level 1 "town gear" as well as a wearable piece of equipment for battle. Two other shields received honorable mentions, with the Final Eternal Phoenix XI Shield from Shiki (the middle shield) and the Rainbow Shield (lower right) from Cat-karikari.
This contest also awards various house decorations, rare weapon designs, and a Moogle costume. Final Fantasy 11 continues to offer more and more content despite the pending release of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. In addition to the shield design contest, players could also submit screenshots for in-game for house decorations and in-game costume candy.
Source: FFXI Forums