After a very long period of uncertainty and a full scale revamp from Square-Enix, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is finally ready for release on PS3 and PC. Perhaps the best thing about the game is the support for cross-platform play between the two versions, but at the same time this also appears to be the very specific reason why Microsoft were not interested in bringing the game to Xbox 360 users.
If you are a big Final Fantasy fan, you don’t have long to wait at all, as Final Fantasy XIV is due out on August 27. It’s a shame that Xbox 360 players won’t have the opportunity to enjoy the game too, but Square-Enix has been keen to set the record straight recently, by saying that it was ultimately Microsoft’s policies which led to the no show on Xbox 360.
Naoki Yoshida is the lead director for the game and when speaking to RPGSite recently, he conceded that Microsoft’s policy has not changed, a policy that he doesn’t agree with as he initially wanted all three platforms (PC, PS3 and Xbox 360) to play on the same servers together.
This in a way could also relate to the same reason why DUST514 isn’t available on the Xbox 360 either, with PS3 players able to communicate with those playing on the PC version of EVE Online. Yoshida also mentioned in the same interview that in the future, PS4 players will be able to play with PC players of Final Fantasy XIV as well, but again – there’s no chance of this happening on the Xbox One with Microsoft’s same policies still in place.
What are your thoughts on this? Cross-platform gaming is a dream for many neutrals, so do you wish Microsoft would ease up on their strict views and allow for some Xbox-PC interaction?