Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV will be coming to the Xbox console.
In an interesting announcement, Square Enix revealed that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Final Fantasy XIV, will be available on Xbox consoles. This news comes after years of the game being exclusive to PlayStation consoles. CEO of Square Enix, Takashi Kiryu, expressed his enthusiasm for this partnership, indicating that more Square Enix games may head to Xbox in the future.
During the Final Fantasy Fan Fest 2023, the director of Final Fantasy XIV, Naoki Yoshida, welcomed Xbox head Phil Spencer on stage alongside Kiryu to celebrate the announcement of Xbox release. Kiryu took the opportunity to share his excitement about delivering a fantastic game to fans worldwide and extended a warm welcome to the Xbox community. He confirmed that Final Fantasy XIV will arrive on Xbox consoles in spring 2024 and expressed the company’s intention to bring more games to Xbox if possible. Kiryu also expressed his desire to collaborate closely with Phil Spencer and the Xbox team to ensure the success of this partnership.
In response, Phil Spencer expressed gratitude and admiration for the rich legacy of Square Enix. He emphasized the importance of nurturing the existing relationship by bringing Final Fantasy XIV to Xbox and collaborating with Square Enix on future game projects.
This announcement has significant implications because historically Square Enix has been associated with exclusive deals with Xbox and PlayStation. These deals often determine which console will receive their games during the launch period or even permanently. For example, the recent release of Final Fantasy XVI was exclusive to PlayStation, making Xbox players eagerly await news about an Xbox release.
The preference for PlayStation consoles by Square Enix has caught the attention of Xbox, as highlighted during the recent FTC v. Microsoft trial. The trial revealed that Xbox seriously considered acquiring Square Enix in 2019, demonstrating their determination to secure Square Enix’s content. The trial also emphasized the importance of expanding the Xbox game library and ensuring they do not miss out on major titles like Final Fantasy XVI.
Considering this situation, it is not surprising that Phil Spencer is actively pursuing partnerships with Square Enix for franchises such as Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Nier, Just Cause, and others. Although specific details were not disclosed during the announcement, the joint appearance of Kiryu and Spencer suggests a future with fewer exclusive deals for PlayStation content from Square Enix and potentially more Square Enix games available on Xbox Game Pass.
In addition to the Xbox announcement, the Fan Fest keynote was filled with exciting updates for Final Fantasy XIV fans. A new expansion called Dawntrail was launched, along with significant graphical updates for the game. Naoki Yoshida, the game director, teased fans with a mysterious T-shirt design and confirmed that Blitzball will not be included in the Dawntrail expansion, disappointing some fans.
This announcement signifies a significant milestone for Square Enix and Xbox. It represents a closer partnership between the two companies and opens up new possibilities for Xbox players to experience Square Enix’s beloved games. As we approach the spring of 2024, fans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Final Fantasy XIV on the Xbox console, while also anticipating future collaborations between Square Enix and Xbox.
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