Final Fantasy reigns as one of the best gaming franchises ever.
Since their inception in 1990 (NA), the Square Enix series has released 14 main titles and is set to release its 15th title this coming September. Consistently adapting to new technological advancements and game mechanics, the sci-fi fantasy game has released new titles nearly every year – most of which are sequels, prequels and spin offs.
Originally introduced as the second MMORPG of the franchise (behind Final Fantasy XI) in 2010, Final Fantasy XIV: Original was universally panned for its convoluted gameplay with critics like PC Gamer describing the game as “a shallow, slow, grind-heavy MMO crippled by a horrible interface and nonsensical
player limitations”. Following the overwhelming negative reviews, Square Enix terminated the title in 2012 and relaunched it a year later. Now titled Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the made for PC and PS3 MMORPG rises like a phoenix earning generally positive reviews. Receiving widespread critical and commercial success, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has become one of the more popular MMORPGs ever to this date.
the first Final Fantasy game in years to capture the energy and joy that made me fall in love with the series”
Unfortunately, Xbox players are left out of this movement. Much to fans dismay, the game’s creators sited that the Microsoft console’s infrastructure prevents them from enjoying cross-platform gameplay hence, launching it for the Xbox series would be rather pointless. Fortunately, that is about to change. During the recent 2016 E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Microsoft made headlines when they announced that they are working on enabling players to enjoy a variety of games on both Xbox One and Windows, with multiplayer servers across those and any other willing platforms.
This huge advancement raised the chances that the popular Final Fantasy MMORPG could be heading to Xbox One. Thankfully, fans need not speculate as Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida stated that they are definitely looking into it and is dependent on the continuing negotiations with Microsoft.
When our team reviewed the regulations that are associated with that, we realized that Microsoft may not have the experience or understanding of running an MMORPG as an online game genre just yet. The Final Fantasy 14 team has fed back to Microsoft that there are certain elements of its regulations that we would have to consider waived. We’re waiting on Microsoft’s response for that, but we are having discussions.
With this announcement, fans of every platform can rejoice in the likely future that they will all be able to play this fantastic game together.
In the meantime, check out Final Fantasy XV’s E3 gameplay trailer: