Xbox already has quite a number of MMOs and has even secured Phantasy Star Online 2 in recent years, but one that's missing from the lineup is Square Enix's Final Fantasy 14.
In 2019, head of Xbox Phil Spencer made a commitment to bringing the game to Xbox, so what's the latest? Speaking to the Japanese website Game Watch earlier this week as part of the Tokyo Game Show 2022, Phil said Xbox hasn't given up.
Here's exactly what he had to say to the Japanese website Game Watch (via VGC):
“We certainly announced that (laughs). Naturally, we haven’t given up yet. This is a commitment from both Microsoft and Square Enix to gamers and we will continue to coordinate our efforts.”
Back in 2019, Square Enix said the reason it hadn't happened yet was due to certain restrictions surrounding cross-play features on Xbox at the time - tied to chat and forming guilds with players on other systems.
Would you be interested in seeing Final Fantasy 14 show up on Xbox one day? Tell us below.
[source game.watch.impress.co.jp, via videogameschronicle.com]
Screw Sony with their hypocritical BS holding up the Activision blizzard acquisition. Pay whatever it takes every time Microsoft, to outbid Sony and get as many exclusives as possible. Or at least multiplat releases for as many games as possible. You have the money
Yeah I hold grudges. No one is perfect!
Both sides of the fence are committed? Am I missing something here? What's holding them back if both parties want the game released?
Well xbox paid for exclusivity to phantasy star online 2 in the west for awhile. Everyone is doing it.
@Tangerine Are you for real or are people genuinely that mis informed?
The deal is held up becuase regulators chose to scruitinise it.
Sony might applaud it, but they are not responsable for it. Did you honestly think they'd not comment?
Square have clearly stated its not been done becuase of microsofts own restrictions on who you can party with. If Phil wants it, he needs to change his silly rules and restrictions ior he'll never have it. Its not money, its not blocking, its Microsofts own stupid rules that have prevented this from happening.
Be nice to see them make the changes to bring this to xbox, but the title goes from strength to strength regardless - the ball is clearly in microsofts court.
There are some things even endless money cant fix.
Final Fantasy 14, 16 and the 7 Remakes are all needed on Xbox.
It really sucks that Square Enix didn’t just make all these titles multi platform from the start. And it sucks even harder that they have kept Xbox gamers in the dark about 7R after all these years.
This is not anything to do with the current... situation.
Final Fantasy XIV was planned for PC and PS3 from the start, but the original PS3 client was binned since the PC release was a disaster.
Admittedly, Phantasy Star Online 2 shows the difference between when Microsoft buy a game and when Sony do, and why I see Sony's rhetoric is what's dragging the ABK deal down.
@SplooshDmg Thank you for telling me, I didnt find that information!
If thats the case then its hard to see what the hold up is? Id like to think it wont take them that long as there's a current pc version, so using microsofts sdk they should be able to compile a reasonable xbox version very quickly. I wander if the issue is with supporting all xboxes? Bad enough compiling another version for series S, without having to make versions for earlier models too.
You'd think the pay off would more than make up for any extra effort though....
I can agree there. The nature of XBOX Live Gold in the past was a pain and a half. Add to it the fact that, in the last couple of generations, Sony hasn't liked to share with Microsoft, but Microsoft has been ready to bury the hatchet.
Look at the fall of Phantasy Star Universe for why Microsoft, way back in the past, barely got online games.
@Royalblues Yeah you're probably right lol! To be fair, I know nothing about FF 14. Given the brand name (I love the IP) I'd definitely give it a go if it came over, but I'm guessing it's far too late? Or is this quite a popular title that will go on for eons?
All I see is "Final Fantasy 7 remake is neeeeeever coming."
@Kienda at this point I would settle for "It's never coming". Refusing to confirm one way or another is just a crappy thing to do.
@Titntin But Final Fantasy XI was allowed on xbox?
I really do wonder what the holdup is. I knew Square was committed to doing it. I didn't know MS was also committed to doing it. I can't imagine why it hasn't happened yet. Square said some time ago it was going to happen but they didn't have a timeline for it. And the crossplay thing was resolved ages ago with the Series launch I believe. But you'd think they'd be jumping on getting a massive SUBSCRIPTION game on another platform that's begging to get the game on the platform. Square.....truly confuses me....
I know they had big big problems with server capacity last time they dropped an expansion. I wonder if they're worried about killing the servers if they drop a whole new platform onto them?
@Royalblues Ah perfect! Well that reignites me hopes to play it then. I haven't tried PSO2 but I did used to hammer PSO back in the day on the Dreamcast. (That 1p per min added up lol).
@armondo36 yes, I 100% agree.
Square Enix screwed PS4 owners when they didn’t release the Yuffi DLC on there even though that fanbase funded the game. They forced people to buy a PS5 to play it.
They also screwed the Xbox crowd, first by not releasing it initially and second by stringing us along. They didn’t need to stay quiet like this. It just adds insult to injury.
I think all companies need to be more open and honest to their customers.
The amount of effort xbox execs are putting to bring Japan games in the console is remarkable, well done and keep pushing for more!
I think cross-play in general is a good way to inject new life into an old property, plus PSO2 especially had a lot of PS4 players from the JP version waiting for the EN version to get to them.
@BartoxAbrasiveness There was an interview I saw a while back stating why FFXIV is still not out on xbox. And it wasn't because of policies, but that Sony didn't want future main editions of final fantasy to be on xbox, including XIV because it also made good money on the PS ecosystem.Not sure how true this is, but it makes sense when you look at present SE and how many games now, "miss" xbox when more then ever before Japanese companies are releasing games on xbox.
@BartoxAbrasiveness I still dont buy the whole, SE early support of xbox. Every game they have released on xbox has already been multiple from the beginning with a few exceptions here and there (octpathtravler) . Everything xbox has gotten in the past and stuff coming in the future is also coming to PC, switch and even mobile in some cames (and of course PS) so those games, Chrono Cross, FFVII:CC coming to xbox is really not that big of a deal when its already coming to everything else. Once a game gets released digitally on a system it could potentially be there for 10+ years slowly accumulating sales so to bring a game to xbox thats already coming to everything else isnt that big of a deal, nor does it cost a whole lot. The gamepass games are another store, but FFVII:CC and all other recent SE games have not been on gamepass anyways.
I dont think FFXIV is ever going to come to xbox and thats in large because of Sony, not because of regulations, or rules etc. It's not coming to xbox for the exact same reason FFVII remakes (all three of them) FFXVI, Octopath Traveler 2, Star Ocean, valkyrie elysium etc are not coming. Because of SE and their relationship with Sony.
The only reason FFVII:CC is coming is because its not a main entry title and it was already shooting for multiplatform to begin with. It's a remake of a handheld game also coming to everything else, so porting a FFVII title, even if it is not a FF rpg or a main entry game still carries the FFVII title and has a higher chance at selling then other games.
Sony has been playing this keeping games off xbox for years now. They have just gotten a lot more aggressive lately in large part, I believe, because they fear gamepass and it's potential future domination of digital game subscriptions, so they are doing everything they can to keep stuff off of xbox or at least to have part exclusivity to the PS ecosystem as much as possible.
So, being someone who's been playing FF14(realm reborn) since the beta. I can agree with the frustration people have for the game not being on Xbox. While the companies have their hurdles and agreement issues that seem to be becoming few and far between, I think a big reason is more simple than that. The game itself wouldn't be able to handle another console. The game is pretty damn crowed as it is, and let's not forget how they stopped selling the game for a while physically and digitally because of how popular the game was becoming. I personally login almost every day and everytime I do there's a queue of people that I have to wait through just to begin playing. Sure its not always a long one, but that would def become a more normal and equally irritating consequence of having a flood of more players. Personally I'd love for Xbox to join the frey, I love running old content with low level toons just to help someone get that special something that they want. However, until greater investments into the hardware that actually runs and supports the game are made, I think they are just too comfy with how things are right now.
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