Final Fantasy XIV Online currently offers cross-play support between PlayStation 4 and PC, but one of the reasons the game hasn’t released on Xbox One yet is because Microsoft apparently won’t allow cross-play. Game director Naoki Yoshida told wccftech that he recently spoke with Xbox boss Phil Spencer and informed him that Square Enix is “prepared to do cross-play any any time.” However, Microsoft isn’t budging, it seems.
“Two months ago, I discussed with Phil Spencer. I have explained this before but we are prepared to do crossplay at any time,” Yoshida explained.
According to Yoshida, things like in-game chat and social networking in the form of creating and joining guilds are essential for MMOs like Final Fantasy XIV Online.
“I would like to have Microsoft change their regulations,” Yoshida said.
Yoshida told GameSpot in March that Final Fantasy XIV needs to support cross-play to have its playerbases united and offer the best experience. That’s currently possible on PS4 and PC, but not with other systems, which has presumably kept the game off Xbox and Nintendo systems so far.
Sony, as well as Nintendo, is beginning to allow cross-play with competing platforms for games like Fortnite and Rocket League, so it seems more likely than ever that Final Fantasy XIV comes to new platforms.
“Talks with platform-holders has been going on,” Yoshida said about Microsoft, Nintendo, and Google. “The fundamental philosophy with Final Fantasy XIV is we want it on labels with cross-platform play with any devices, hardware possible,” Yoshida said through a translator. “So as long as the regulations with the counterpart hardware companies … we can actually pass that, then the possibility, the chance is quite high [of Final Fantasy XIV coming to Xbox and Nintendo systems].
The next expansion for Final Fantasy XIV Online is Shadowbringers, which launches on July 2. Square Enix is going big to promote the game, bringing on Tom Holland and Hannibal Buress for commercials hyping the expansion.