XO19 has provided a ton of new information on upcoming Xbox projects, but one of the more low key surprises was the commitment by Square Enix brand manager Shinji Hashimoto to bring the Final Fantasy franchise to Xbox One starting in 2020.
Nine games in total were confirmed to be coming to the Xbox One (if not already released) and Xbox Game Pass in 2020. This includes major Final Fantasy titles such as Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, and Final Fantasy VII. One game was curiously absent from that list, the popular MMO Final Fantasy XIV.
Now though, it seems like Final Fantasy XIV is not out of the question, at least according to Microsoft head Phil Spencer.
Spencer stated at a pre-event to XO19 that he promises that the MMO will make it to Xbox in the future.
“The astute people out there might have noticed there’s one Final Fantasy that’s missing in our list: number 14.” he said according to Eurogamer. “14 is one I’ve been dedicated to, working with [director] Yoshida-san to find a solution to bring that game to Xbox. And while it’s not in the news today, I wanted you to know, rest assured, that we will be bringing that game to Xbox.”
Spencer also reassured the audience that he has a great relationship with Yoshida, and that their current plans are to bring Final Fantasy XIV onto Xbox consoles with cross-platform play in mind.
Final Fantasy XIV was first released in 2010, but received a massive negative reception upon its launch. After a few years of tweaking, the game relaunched under the A Realm Reborn event in 2014, and has gone on to become one of the most successful MMO’s in the past decade. Since A Realm Reborn, three expansion packs have been made for Final Fantasy XIV, including the latest, Shadowbringers, earlier this year.
For now, players will have to wait for the MMO to make its way to the Xbox One. Others, however, can look forward to classic Final Fantasy titles in 2020, or can get a taste of them now with The World of Final Fantasy: Maxima already available on the Xbox Game Pass, for those in the preview.
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