The Switch has become a small haven for Final Fantasy fans in recent times; Final Fantasy IX launched just last month, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster both arrive in April, and Final Fantasy VII just so happens to be launching today. One game that hasn't made the jump just yet, though, is Final Fantasy XIV.
Originally released back in 2010, XIV is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (or MMORPG) currently only available on PlayStation and PC. Naoki Yoshida, the game's director, has been talking about getting the game running on Switch since way back in 2015 when the console was still known as 'NX'.
In 2017, he confirmed that conversations were ongoing with other platform holders - including Nintendo - but also noted a need for the game to have true cross-platform capabilities for all players before any progress could be made. Now, in an interview with GameSpot, Yoshida seems to suggest that those very conversations are still taking place, even after all this time.
"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. 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].
"So we are talking with Nintendo, Microsoft, and Google, of course; we cannot say anything at the moment because we are still in negotiations, but once we have details we can make an announcement; we can bring the news to everyone. We are currently negotiating will all those platforms."
During the interview, GameSpot notes that Yoshida consistently brought up the desire for the game to reach as many people as possible. When asked about the possibility of replacing the game's current monthly fee for a free-to-play model, Yoshida hinted at it being too late to change, saying that "either the community or the game itself would break" by doing so.
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