Final Fantasy XIV, the popular MMO currently available on PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, could be coming to Microsoft’s Xbox One after all, despite comments made in the past by Square Enix that such a thing wasn’t possible due to the latter console not supporting cross-platform play.
But that was the past. Since the beginning of 2016, Microsoft has been championing the use of cross-platform play, announcing earlier in the year that the Xbox One was now fully capable of such things, as well as their Xbox Play Anywhere program announced at E3.
So, with the status quo now completely different to what it was two years ago, Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida has told Polygon in a recent interview that Microsoft actually approached the development team about the possibility of bringing the world of Eorzea to their console.
Microsoft actually approached the Final Fantasy 14 team about the cross-platform opportunity. When our team reviewed the regulations that are associated with that, we realized that Microsoft may not have the experience or understanding of running an MMORPG as an online game genre just yet. The Final Fantasy 14 team has fed back to Microsoft that there are certain elements of its regulations that we would have to consider waived. We’re waiting on Microsoft’s response for that, but we are having discussions.
Final Fantasy XIV launched on PlayStation 3 and PC in 2010 to a poor reception, and was relaunched four years later with the new moniker A Realm Reborn and received a much more positive reaction. The game’s most recent content update, Revenge Of The Horde, launched earlier this month.