Square Reveals Why Final Fantasy XIV isn’t Xbox Bound

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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Some Xbox fans have been wowed by Square Enix’s dedication to the Xbox One, as both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, will be making their way to Microsoft’s new console. However, one piece of Square’s property is oddly missing in their Xbox lineup: their overhauled MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which is now making it’s way to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4Director of the title, Naoki Yoshida, revealed in a interview the reason why this game isn’t bound for any of Microsoft’s systems.

Describing that it is due to Microsoft’s policies for Xbox Live, Yoshida told the interviewer that the “main reason” why there isn’t going to be an Xbox 360 or Xbox One version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, is because Square didn’t want the “community divided” as Microsoft’s policies would have forced them to “split the gaming community into two or more” groups.

“For example, one player might be on the PC version, another might be on the PS4 version, and I’m playing the Xbox version — but we’re not able to join the same game servers. That is just … I just don’t like the idea. I disagree with it. To be frankly honest with you, there are now so many mobile devices, smart phones, everything — why would you ever just stick to one platform from the hardware aspect? Just — make it open to everyone? That’s my opinion.”

Yosida goes to explain his stance further when he describes the disappointment that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn won’t make it into the hands of more gamers.

“I would love for as many players as possible to enjoy the game worldwide, so from a business point of view it could make sense to have it on the Xbox platforms, but as I mentioned earlier, that would bring about the tragedy that somebody might have to give up their existing character. Then players might get frustrated, and then they ask us — ‘Square Enix, can’t you do something?’ and then… yeah. Unless that happens, we can’t really do anything.”

Microsoft’s policy to close its servers off might come back to haunt them later if this becomes precedence, as developers might just pass over the Xbox One if they want to bring new MMOs to consoles. While many might scoff at the idea of an MMO on a console, especially since these titles mostly dominate on PCs, you should remember the big splash Final Fantasy XI and the early Phantasy Star Online titles made when they got released to the consoles.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be available on the PC and the PS3 on August 27, with a PS4 version coming next year.


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  • Chris

    Just FYI both PC and PS3 titles are not available until August 27th… Slight misinformation at the end there.

  • Guest

    Utter and complete BS. Last I checked, Final Fantasy XI is a unified game on the PS2, PC and XBox 360. So unless there was a MASSIVE change in Microsoft’s view on that, they’re just blowing smoke out the butt

    • Wayne

      There is. As stated in the article, Microsoft is closing it’s servers off from other platforms on the XboxOne.

    • Sploitz

      It’s not just the XBone. Phantasy Star Universe was forced to split it’s servers as well. PC and PS2 could play together, but Microsoft made them make the xbox360 servers seperate.

    • Raymond

      You have to actually read the article. Don’t be blinded by fanboyism. I know I know, it happens to the best of us. Don’t worry about it you’ll get em next time.

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  • Roberto Ruiz Contreras

    I’ll just keep Beta Testing the game while they sort that out

  • RagunaXL

    phantasy star ep. I & II for the original xbox was separate from the pc, dreamcast and gamecube versions. Phantasy Star Universe was on separate servers from the pc and ps2 versions. My brother and I learned THAT the hard way. The odd thing is that Final Fantasy XI for Xbox 360 plays along side the PC and PS2 versions. In fact, it’s the only online 360 game you can play without an Xbox Live membership all you need to do is pay the FF XI subscription fees.
    I don’t know how Square Enix pulled that off but the cross-platform game is one of the most successful MMO’s right behind WoW and the most successful on 360. That might be the reason XIV isn’t coming out on an Xbox system, yet. So it won’t intrude on the still lucrative XI sales and subscriptions.

  • trolmaster

    this site sucks

  • Offline? It’s called Xbox360

    Good for them. Microsoft’s separatist policies are bullshit and they deserve to have companies ignore their platform until they change them.