On May 16, 2006, FINAL FANTASY XI celebrates the 4-year mark since its launch in Japan, and prepares to enter a fifth year of service! Vana'diel is now larger than ever due to the commencement of service for the new Xbox 360 and the release of the third expansion disc, "Treasures of Aht Urhgan." The FINAL FANTASY XI community has grown and evolved a great deal, and continues to reshape itself even now. The FINAL FANTASY XI development team has compiled this report in order to give players an overview of this change. And now, after much analysis, we are proud to present the sixth Vana'diel Census.
First, let's analyze the login distribution. There are over 500,000 players logging in to FINAL FANTASY XI from all over the world, with the main player base located in Japan, North America, and Europe. The graph below provides a clearer picture of login patterns.
Large numbers of players from diverse locations continue to login to FINAL FANTASY XI, resulting in a graph similar to last year. Europe's peak time begins as soon as Japan's peak time ends, and is followed by North America. With such a wide range of peak times, the worlds of FINAL FANTASY XI are constantly populated by tens of thousands of players.
≪Simultaneous Logins≫* Indicated in JST
Next, let's take a look at the amount of time players spend on a character each day. Most players login to FINAL FANTASY XI for a period of up to three hours a day. The average login time for each character is about 164 minutes, or 2 hours and 40 minutes. However, this data takes into account all characters from all worlds, including storage characters that do not stay online for long periods of time (Players use "storage characters" mainly for functions such as item storage, synthesis, and gardening). Therefore, actual login time per day is probably a bit longer than the chart indicates.
≪Login Time Per Character≫