Xbox boss Phil Spencer made a surprise appearance as part of today's Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2023 event in Las Vegas, where it was announced that Final Fantasy 14 would be coming to Xbox Series X|S in Spring 2024.
Following this, Spencer and Square Enix CEO Takashi Kiryu confirmed that new plans have been put in place to "partner more closely" on future games, with Square Enix now expecting to bring a lot more titles to Xbox.
Firstly, here's a bit of what Spencer had to say:
"We deeply respect the rich legacy of Square Enix, and we look forward to building on the relationship that we’ve established in bringing Final Fantasy XI to Xbox, and partnering closely with you and the Square Enix team on future games."
And here's what Square Enix CEO Takashi Kiryu had to say:
"As CEO of Square Enix, we want to continue to deliver fabulous games to fans across the world, and of course we want to welcome the Xbox community as well, and starting with today’s announcement of Final Fantasy XIV coming in Spring 2024, and whenever possible, we are planning to bring our games to Xbox for players around the world to enjoy. We’re really looking forward to working closely with Phil and the Xbox team to make this possible."
As you're probably aware, Square Enix has been skipping the Xbox platform for the majority of its new releases in 2023 so far, with the likes of Forspoken and Octopath Traveler 2 becoming PlayStation and/or Nintendo console exclusives.
Spencer admitted back in early June that Xbox's relationship with Square Enix required more work, and it's clear to see that Phil and his team have put in a lot of effort over the past few weeks to establish a healthy new partnership.