The MMO Final Fantasy XIV Online might come to Xbox and Nintendo platforms, stated the game director Naoki Yoshida in an interview with GameSpot. The game is now only playable on PlayStation 4 and PC, but Yoshida said that they are in discussions with Microsoft, Nintendo, and Google for other versions of the game.
Previously, Yoshida expressed his wish of making the player base cross-play, and it is now only possible on PlayStation and PC. Seeing that both Sony and Nintendo have started to accept cross-play with another system for various games, the game director wants to bring Final Fantasy XIV to more platforms.
In the interview, Yoshida explained that “talks with platform-holders has been going on. The fundamental philosophy with Final Fantasy XIV is we want it on labels with cross-platform play with any devices, hardware possible.”
He added that “as long as the regulations with the counterpart hardware companies … we can actually pass that, then the possibility, the chance is quite high.”
Yoshida also explained that they’re in negotiations with the platform-holders and that he will soon make an announcement once they have more details.
Final Fantasy XIV Online: Subscription Fee Vs. Free-to-Play
The game director stressed that Square Enix wants the game to be played on as many platforms as possible to increase the player base which is currently at 14 million players.
Unfortunately, when asked about dropping the monthly subscription fee for the game, Yoshida said that the free-to-play business model is not going to happen:
“F2P is not a bad model. F2P in general in games, players try it, and then just go.”
He added that if they were to make the game F2P, it would break. They would have to remake the game design from scratch, and it is simply “not a good direction.”
GameSpot also talked with Yoshida about the new race in the game that comes with the Shadowbringers expansion and the new raid boss.
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