Final Fantasy XIV has maintained a heavy player base since its 2010 release, but unfortunately, Microsoft and Nintendo systems have missed out on this MMORPG. However, game producer and director Naoki Yoshida may be looking to expand the game to new platforms.
In an interview with Eurogamer Yoshida said, “I’d like to open it up to as many platforms as possible – we want to include as many players as possible. Not just Switch – even Xbox, if it’s interested in this, we’d like to open it up. We’d like to have it on as much hardware as possible. Even though the hardware might be different, they will be playing in the same world”
While this does not confirm that the game will come to other platforms it certainly does show that Yoshida would not be opposed to expanding Final Fantasy XIV‘s horizons. The most interesting part of this statement was the notion of bringing the MMORPG to the Switch. This would be the first time that an MMORPG of this scale would ever be provided on a portable system. Which would be incredibly impressive and extremely exciting. Could you imagine bringing your huge online adventure on the go?
Of course, Yoshida did mention bringing the game to Xbox One as well which would also be exciting considering that the game was originally planned to launch on the Xbox 360 alongside the PS3 version. This never happened due to a dispute with the studio and Microsoft about how the game would work with Xbox Live.
Yoshida says he will not bring the game to other platforms without having cross server play. This could be an issue considering we have seen several studios fight for cross-console play to no avail. Either way, we can only hope that Yoshida’s dream comes true and we are able to play Final Fantasy XIV on the Nintendo Switch.