The massively popular Final Fantasy XIV has been a hit on PlayStation and PC so it’s natural that speculation turns to MMORPG’s possible appearance on Xbox. In a recent interview conducted by YouTube videogame outlet Easy Allies, director Naoki Yoshida (aka Yoshi-P) was asked about the prospects of the game appearing on Xbox.
Yoshida, through a translator, says, “I feel bad for saying the same thing every time but we are still in discussions with Microsoft and I feel like our conversations are going in a positive-like tone. I don’t want to say we do not have an Xbox version, but I’m hoping that the timing will be very soon that I will have some kind of update to the players.” You can listen to this excerpt at around the 3:40 mark through the video embedded above.
Final Fantasy XIV has enjoyed a massive boom in popularity and success over the past few months. A minor factor into that has been the large egress of players from World of Warcraft following the revelations of a toxic work culture at Warcraft publisher Activision Blizzard and the devoted player base that has warmly invited them to come over.
The game has also received a huge boost in players over the past year through the expansion of the free trial to include the entirety of not just the A Realm Reborn experience but the Heavensward expansion up to level 60. This and the lack of restrictions on playtime has led to a popular copypasta meme that invites readers to “Sign up, and enjoy Eorzea today!”
That being said, one has to wonder if the “positive tone” alluded to by Yoshi-P means that Microsoft is willing to capitalize on the MMORPG’s popularity via a port to Xbox in the near future? Knowing Microsoft, they’d probably try to finagle a Game Pass deal, but no matter what it would be a huge boon for both companies.
Final Fantasy XIV’s fourth expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker will be released on Nov. 23, 2021 for PC and PlayStation, but if Micrtosoft plays its cards right and plays them fast, we could see Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox sooner than later.