Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will not be coming to Xbox 360 or Xbox One because Microsoft refuse to allow cross platform play. Director Naoki Yoshida confirmed that the MMO will not be coming to Xbox because of Microsoft’s restrictive online policies.
This will come as sad news to many Final Fantasy fans but PS3, PS4 and PC gamers will be able to play against each other will no restrictions.
Yoshida stated to RPGsite “The main reason from our side is that I don’t want the community to be divided; to be split into two or more,” he also added “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?”
Final Fantasy 14: Realm Reborn is a rebooted enhanced version of the current game. This online restriction would mean that current players would not be able to port their characters to the new version which is available on the 27th of August.
What I’m failing to understand is Microsoft’s stance. Surely they can’t expect to have exclusivity on every game. With the uproar of the Xbox One and the criticism at losing most of it’s arcade games to Sony, why would Microsoft want to antagonise another major developer? Surely everyone needs friends?
Yoshida final words will hopefully resonate in Microsoft’s ears “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.”
Perhaps if Square Enix and the entire internet complain perhaps Microsoft will backtrack on their previous statement. You never know, it happened before.