Square Enix’s highly anticipated MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is due out on PC and PS3 next month, and will also be available on PS4 sometime next year. According to the game’s director, Naoki Yoshida, the game won’t be coming to Xbox 360 or Xbox One due to Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE policies which prohibit games sharing multiplayer servers with other platforms.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is designed with cross-platform play in mind and Yoshida recently told RPG Site that releasing the game on a Xbox platform with Microsoft’s policies being the way they are would be against his vision for the game’s community:
“The main reason from our side is that I don’t want the community to be divided; to be split into two or more. For example, one player might be on the PC version, another might be on the PS4 version, and I’m playing the Xbox version – but we’re not able to join the same game servers. That is just… I just don’t like the idea. I disagree with it.
“To be frankly honest with you, there are now so many mobile devices, smart phones, everything – why would you ever just stick to one platform from the hardware aspect? Just make it open to everyone? That’s my opinion.
“I would love for as many players as possible to enjoy the game worldwide, so from a business point of view it could make sense to have it on the Xbox platforms. But as I mentioned earlier, that would bring about the tragedy that somebody might have to give up their existing character. Then players might get frustrated, and then they ask us – ‘Square Enix, can’t you do something?’ and then… yeah. Unless that happens, we can’t really do anything.”
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released worldwide for PC and PS3 on August 27th, while a PS4 version is currently scheduled for 2014. Head over here for El33tonline’s previous coverage of this promising MMO.