Update: Following the comments made earlier, Naoki Yoshida also spoke to VG247 about the production of the game, stating that there are “no obstacles” surrounding an Xbox version, but the team is currently focused on the next expansion and the PS5 version before anything else.
”There are no obstacles for developing the Xbox version. We were able to undertake development and provide our service thanks to the immense efforts that Phil has invested. For that we are truly grateful!”
“The sole factors are the workload and the order of steps. Now when it comes to the Xbox version, there’s unfortunately not much I can say presently but just that we cannot work on all the steps simultaneously and need to follow the order for proceeding with these things. Since we’re currently involved in the development of Endwalker and preparing the PS5 version to follow on from the title’s service on PS4, it’d be appreciated if we can return to touch upon the Xbox version once things have settled!”
While many Xbox fans have campaigned to see Final Fantasy XIV come to the family, Square Enix doesn’t seem to feel the same way, as the company has noted there are no plans for a port in the near future.
Speaking to The Washington Post, Final Fantasy XIV’s producer and director, Naoki Yoshida, was quizzed on the possibility of an Xbox port. As rumours have circulated over the years, it’s seemed a likely bet, however, Yoshida noted that the team wishes to continue focusing on expansions for the game for now.
“We provide content on a fairly regular basis and our cycle is rather condensed, and it is a fairly stable cadence that we continue to follow. We have to think about long-term planning with additional platforms, we need additional testing for that particular platform. So it kind of exponentially grows the amount of resources that needs to be allocated.”
There is some good news. While there are no immediate plans, Yoshida reportedly told The Washington Post that he would love to see the game on other platforms in the future. It might not be in the pipeline now, but never say never. In the meantime, we’ll just have to stick to the numerous Final Fantasy games available via Xbox Game Pass.
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