Naoki Yoshida Still Interested In FFXIV For Xbox One And Nintendo Switch
We all know the history behind the development of Final Fantasy XIV and how Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn came into existence. Naoki Yoshida was the man who did the job of bringing fans back to the Final Fantasy series and believe in Square Enix once again. However, the only sad part about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is that it is yet to release on Xbox. It was released way back in 2013 for PC and PS3, and in 2014 for PlayStation 4. We are now very close to the end of 2017 and we haven't heard anything from Microsoft, Team Xbox and Square Enix regarding the release of Final Fantasy XIV to other platforms (Xbox One and Nintendo Switch).
Our friend at Eurogamer recently had a brief chat with Naoki Yoshida on the past and the future of Final Fantasy video game franchise, and one of the question they asked Yoshida was - Are you guys interested in bringing Final Fantasy XIV to other platforms (Nintendo Switch and Xbox One)? and this is what Yoshida replied (if you want me to sum up the things Yoshida said in few words: Talks are ongoing (Positive).
"I'd like to open it up to as many platforms as possible - we want to include as many players as possible. Not just Switch - even Xbox, if it's interested in this, we'd like to open it up. We'd like to have it on as much hardware as possible. Even though the hardware might be different, they will be playing in the same world - it has to have cross server function. That's something that's at the core of FF14, so we'd want to keep that as a policy.
"We have no intention to divide the servers per platform - we're working with one big community. I'm interested in other platforms, of course - I hope those first parties change their policies or mindsets. I'm an MMORPG gamer - I'd love to play with many people globally, and we've been talking to those platforms about getting it on their hardware. The positive discussion is ongoing. It's not as if we're not doing anything - we are actually talking to them, and the platform holders are showing their attitude in a more positive way."
It's good to see that Yoshida is going that extra mile to convince other platform holders to agree to bring Final Fantasy XIV to their platforms.