While some might be glad to hear that Microsoft and Square Enix are still in talks to bring Final Fantasy XIV to Xbox One, it seems any sort of deal is still a ways off.
Speaking with DualShockers, Final Fantasy XIV Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida admits Microsoft’s attempted regulations are a continuing problem. As recently as a week before Gamescom, the two companies met to discuss cross-platform play for Final Fantasy XIV, but could not come to a consensus. Though he refers to the issues broadly, and doesn’t go into detail as to what the specific regulations are, Yoshida says, “These regulations don’t really cater to an MMORPG game. Unless they try to remove these regulations it is very hard to actually materialize it.”
But there is still reason to hope. Next month Microsoft will send representatives to TGS for further negotiations. Being an Xbox One gamer himself, Yoshida adds that he “hopes the negation goes smooth.”
Since its release in 2013, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has grown to feature cross-platform play between PC, PS3, and PS4. While Microsoft has said in the past that the company is open to cross-network play between the consoles, little is know about the problems still lingering between the company and Square Enix.
Back in June, after Square Enix first revealed they were in discussions to bring the game to Xbox One, Yoshida referenced the same issue of regulations, ultimately saying, “Microsoft may not have the experience or understanding of running an MMORPG as an online game genre just yet.”
As we learn more about the future of Final Fantasy XIV, on any platform, you’ll find it right here on Gamespresso.