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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Skipping Xbox Due To Microsoft Blocking Cross-Platform Play

Jonathan Lester
Cross-platform play, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, MMORPG, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Square Enix, Xbox 360

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Skipping Xbox Due To Microsoft Blocking Cross-Platform Play

"Just - Make It Open To Everyone?"

Microsoft's restrictive online policies regarding cross-platform multiplayer games has led to Square Enix ignoring their platforms out of hand for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In contrast, the PC, PS3 and PS4 versions should all run on the same servers.

"The main reason from our side is that I don't want the community to be divided; to be split into two or more," game director Naoki Yoshida explained to RPGsite when asked about the lack of an Xbox 360 or Xbox One version. "For example, one player might be on the PC version, another might be on the PS4 version, and I'm playing the Xbox version - but we're not able to join the same game servers. That is just... I just don't like the idea. I disagree with it."

"To be frankly honest with you, there are now so many mobile devices, smart phones, everything - why would you ever just stick to one platform from the hardware aspect? Just - make it open to everyone?"

Yoshida also bemoaned the fact that existing players wouldn't be able to transfer their character over to a hypothetical Xbox version.

Recently Bethesda's Pete Hines described cross-platform play as a "nightmare", while we exclusively reported that Defiance's working cross-platform play was axed due to the rivalry between Microsoft and Sony.

Here's hoping that A Realm Reborn improves on its terrible predecessor enough to make it worth playing on any platform, mind. We'll bring you more coverage soon.

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Late  Jul. 10, 2013 at 11:20

Whether cross-platform is workable and stable is one question. Whether Sony and Microsoft are willing to play ball is another.

I'm not really interested in cross-platform play to any significant degree (I see some pros and some cons, but without having a proper look at them I can't give a proper opinion), but the fact that Sony's coming across as willing to look at it whilst Microsoft are effectively dismissing it definitely makes Microsoft look petty and overly restrictive.
That sort of thing will win a fair few customers, and will appeal to a fair few developers/publishers...

Breadster  Jul. 10, 2013 at 14:08

I imagine they just want as many players as possible in one place because of how badly the original did, they're worried it won't sell.

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