At the end of the Final Fantasy XIV keynote presentation, Producer Naoki Yoshida was on stage with Xbox CEO Phil Spencer and the new Square Enix President Takashi Kiryu. Final Fantasy XIV was confirmed to be releasing for Xbox in Spring 2024, which is pretty significant.
However, the closing of their exchange revealed that Square Enix is planning to bring more games to Xbox players whenever possible.
Kiryu said the following:
“…and whenever possible, we are planning to bring our games to Xbox for players around the world to enjoy. We’re really looking forward to working closely with Phil and the Xbox team to make this possible.”
Phil Spencer replied with the following:
“Thank you, Kiryu-san. We deeply respect the rich legacy of Square Enix, and we look forward to building on the relationship that we’ve established in bringing Final Fantasy XIV to Xbox and partnering closely with you and the Square Enix team on future games.”
This is welcome news, but actions speak louder than words. The consoles Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy XVI are on are only PlayStation, and the upcoming Star Ocean The Second Story R is not coming to Xbox. So, while this plan from Kiryu may seem hopeful, further results need to happen for this statement of his to end up being believable in retrospect.
You can view the stream where this conversation occurred below:
Final Fantasy XIV is currently available via PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. Patch 6.4, “The Dark Throne,” launched in May 2023. The game was confirmed to release for Xbox in Spring 2024.
Dawntrail is currently scheduled for release in Summer 2024. The delay was expected due to the previous announcement before Endwalker‘s release that the COVID-19 pandemic had permanently slowed down the game’s release cycle.
Not much was revealed immediately due to the length of time before the release, but we already know that it will be accompanied by a major graphical update to the entire game, which is sorely needed given that the game just celebrated its ten-year anniversary since being relaunched as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
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