It's been a few months now since Square Enix announced plans to "partner closely" with Xbox in the future, but we haven't really heard much about these plans aside from next year's arrivals of Final Fantasy 14 and Octopath Traveler 2.
Speaking on the Xbox Two podcast this week, Windows Central's Jez Corden revealed that he's been hearing some "positive things" about the partnership lately that have left him much more optimistic about what's to come:
"I was [initially] thinking, it's just going to be games like Octopath [Traveler 2], it's going to be Pixel Remaster maybe and Final Fantasy 14 - I don't think it's going to be any of the heavy hitters like Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Rebirth, Final Fantasy 16..."
"But I've heard that it actually could be just full blown everything. So, I'm hearing positive things about that, so stay tuned. It's just going to take time because those games haven't been in development, but now maybe they will be."
In a follow-up on Twitter, Corden explained why he's suddenly become more optimistic about the partnership:
Obviously Xbox fans have been waiting years for the new Final Fantasy games to finally make their way to the platform, and it sounds a real possibility that we could be playing them in the not-too-distant future. We're also hoping there will be far fewer PlayStation timed exclusives to come out of Square Enix in years to come.
For now, it's nice to know we've got Final Fantasy 14 and Octopath Traveler 2 on the way in 2024, and surely Square Enix will have a few more games to bring to Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at some point next year.