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Final Fantasy XIV director still interested in a Switch version, “positive discussions” taking place

Posted on November 24, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

The possibility of Final Fantasy XIV on Switch is something we’ve heard about for awhile now. Director Naoki Yoshida first mentioned the interest there back in 2015 when Nintendo’s console was still known as NX. He’s reiterated that interest a few different times throughout 2017.

Fortunately, nothing has changed. Yoshida still wants to make Final Fantasy XIV happen on Switch since they want to reach as many people as possible, and apparently “positive discussions” are taking place. The only requirement he has is for everyone to play in the same world.

Yoshida told Eurogamer:

“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 – it has to have cross server function. That’s something that’s at the core of FF14, so we’d want to keep that as a policy.”

“We have no intention to divide the servers per platform – we’re working with one big community. I’m interested in other platforms, of course – I hope those first parties change their policies or mindsets. I’m an MMORPG gamer – I’d love to play with many people globally, and we’ve been talking to those platforms about getting it on their hardware. Positive discussion is ongoing. It’s not as if we’re not doing anything – we are actually talking to them, and the platform holders are showing their attitude in a more positive way.”

Nintendo has been very open with Switch, especially when it comes to features like cross-play. That likely wouldn’t be an issue for Final Fantasy XIV if Square Enix brings it over.

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  • ShonenJump

    I think its more on sony part that its holding back the cross functionality with other systems.

    • TDude73

      Valid point, SJ. Sony really need to show some interests in having cross platform play with Nintendo (and Microsoft) instead of just PC alone.

      • ben

        Sony have no interest in the hobby of gaming all the care about is being the company that sells the most game playing devices.

        • Justin McQuillen

          Very true.

    • Force

      It is more on Sony. Phil Spencer, and hell, even the Rocket League devs have said as much.

      • ShonenJump

        Hence why I made the comment. The ff dev said first party to need to change their mindset. That be sony all right.

        • Force

          First Party basically means everyone that is first party. This is basically the dev not pointing out Sony directly, as it’d likely piss them off.

          • ShonenJump

            Yup pretty much that

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    • Tusheer

      it was actually Microsoft who held back having cross functionality but ok, sony is the devil, apparently

      • Chon Pak

        Yeah, years ago. You do realize that Microsoft has stopped doing that after failing miserably with the Xbox One, right? Now it’s Sony that is holding back cross-platform play. Are you not up to date with current events? Or are you throwing around a straw man to defend Sony? This isn’t a superiority contest. Microsoft did it once and they suffered for it. The same should happen to Sony. You’re a hypocrite and a Sony fanboy if you think that Sony should be exempt from criticism.

        • Tusheer

          right, and yet PC cross platform is up and running, the PS3, 4 and PC players are all in one server, if sony was the one to blame for everything then we would’ve had separate servers for the two (three) versions, or atleast a segregated version like PSO2 does, and it’s not about superiority, it’s worry because if they’re bringing it onto the switch would mean that they killed the ps3 version for no reason, and having a switch version would just bring about the same toxicity the playerbase had during A Realm Reborn and Heavensward, where PS3 players are excluded from end game raids because of hardware limitations

        • Luna The Cutest psycho

          yes because those of us who actually have followed the whole cross platform thing with this game and actually play this game are just sony fanboy’s

      • ShonenJump

        So Nintendo have to suffer from Microsoft decisions? Having not able to play ff 14 on switch is because sony doesn’t want it. I know the Microsoft not wanting it. Sony actually had a option to play cross platform but it didn’t work because of Microsoft.

        • Tusheer

          perhaps, but the ultimate question is, if he does get the go ahead for switch and xbox, does he want the playerbase to suffer?

          • ShonenJump

            As long there is a enable/disable option to play with other gaming platforms i dont see a problem with it.

          • Tusheer

            as long as a third party is developing the switch ver and keep them on a separate server I’m fine with it, but considering that Yoshida wants everyone to play in the same server as other platforms, problems will arise and alot more toxicity will appear

          • ShonenJump

            People might bring console war arguments in the game chats lol they should have disable game chat options with other consoles..

          • Not people, just you weird mutants obsessed with Eff Pees and pixels

          • ShonenJump

            How do you know im obsessed with it? XD

    • Luna The Cutest psycho

      yet yoshia themselves have came out saying it was MS being the reason why it hasn’t moved outside pc/ps4 but sure bro

      • ShonenJump

        Yeah sure. Its like switch has the suffer from it right? It basically goes down like this: Sony does want to allow crossplatform with Nintendo but that will also lead to Xbox being in the mix so they don’t wanna do because Microsoft holding back in the day….

        • Luna The Cutest psycho

          that’s a huge jump you are making right now

          • ShonenJump

            Huh? What?? You come and say only about Microsoft while its also about Nintendo…

          • Luna The Cutest psycho

            because you making like sony apparently has control over this SE really doesn’t have to do as they say this as been proven with MS not getting their own version. Plenty of interviews have stated this sony has more to lose with the game then SE does if they aren’t playing ball with this which doesn’t seem to be the case.

          • ShonenJump

            Which first party need to change their mindset in your case then?

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  • TDude73

    I’m sure that both Nintendo and Square Enix will make the impossible possible… especially with the Final Fantasy franchise.

  • Echocookie

    XIV doesn’t make much sense on the Switch, but hell, port it anyways! I’m sure lots of people will enjoy it. The only reason I don’t see myself getting it is because I have a really good PC and you can’t even play XIV without internet connection anyways.

    • TDude73

      Thumbing up your own comment ain’t going to save the day. Secondly, you don’t know very much about the Switch. Third, having Final Fantasy XIV on the Switch makes PERFECT sense. If you’re a spec ho, you’ve come to the wrong place.

    • Dascylus

      I wouldn’t get it on Switch because I already own it on PS4 and all I have to do is just resub. Playing an MMO is too much of a time investment for me to consider it from a portable standpoint.

  • krimzon roqux

    Lying in bed playing FFXIV on my Switch.
    Seems like fun to me!

  • Padre

    Interesting. Internet connection thing sucks..

  • Exy

    [interest intensifies]

    • Indielink

      I’ll give Square credit on this one. Crossplay is out of their hands.

      • amak11

        I mean they could take away PC-PS4 crossplay and spread it among other platforms. The industry needs to start pressuring Sony. I can already play Rocket League and Mantis Burn Racing with Xbox and PC players… what’s up with Sony?

        • Indielink

          That could backfire terribly. Imagine being someone who bought day one and suddenly being cut off from a huge part of the community.

          I think the Ark: Survival evolved devs had the right idea. “Accidentally” turn on crossplay and then say it only took pushing a single button for it to happen.

          • amak11

            I doubt it would. It would make Sony rethink its position. Even though its on top, it can still topple without support

          • Indielink

            If they were to build and release an X1 and Switch version and remove PS4 crossplay all in the same day I could see it working.

          • amak11

            We’ll see what happens. I imagine an XB1 and Switch release couple happen within the next year or two.

  • instead of babbling about impossible (port of FFXV, for example), SE is free to port games like FFXII HD, FFX/X-2 HD, KH HD collection, FFXIII Collection, Type0, HD Secret of Mana Remake and plenty of other games to Switch. Yet for some reason all we get from them is nothing but worthless drivel and games with apparent production values comparable to upscaled GBA games (Octopath Traveler).

    • Aline Piroutek

      Yeah, I don’t understand why. Even World of Final Fantasy is on computers now and Switch doesn’t have Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts main series.

    • Aline Piroutek

      Porting is way easier than doing an entire new game like Octopath Traveller. I don’t understand why. Maybe they’re forbidden to give those games on Nintendo platforms? We all know is easy money to the company.

  • Locky Mavo

    I would love this to happen. Though it still seems Sony is the obstacle they need to get around. It’d be a damn shame if it doesn’t happen simply because Sony don’t want to play ball with everyone else.

  • I am salivating. I wonder if Nintendo or SE more has been the one to push it to Sony. Maybe they’re trying to cut some kind of deal. Hopefully this comes to fruition though.

    • Tusheer

      somehow I’m not surprised that you’re saying this, really explains your reaction on that other board, but calling it now though, switch players exclusion is going to be a real thing because they’re just going to be a huge liability for end game like the ps3 players were

      • I don’t even know what reaction you’re talking about. And if you think the Switch is as weak as the PS3 (which isn’t even weak), then wow. Eventually, home consoles will hold back the PC version though.

  • ben

    Yoshida is one of the really good guys at SE. He is not one of the sony scum (thankfully most of those trash are at the end of their careers.) Yoshida is a pc gamer that saved FF14.

  • Tlink7

    Lots of words, but no actual news

  • Good for the Switch more third party is better always.

  • Justin McQuillen

    I have this game on Steam and it’s really boring like WoW. I wanted to like it. Phantasy Star Online 2 is a much better game.

    • Tusheer

      different strokes for different blokes, and pso2 is no way better, PSO2 is also a different genre (XIV is traditional mmo, pso2 is action mmo), and pso2 is a cakewalk as a whole, there’s zero challenging content even when you’re not using the meme class Hero

      • Justin McQuillen

        Admittedly I haven’t played daily in months, but when I played every day it was a lot harder. Like I said, I wanted to enjoy FFXIV but I think it doesn’t hook the player as well as PSO2. It was a blast to setup a LAN party situation with one of my friends and jump into some dungeons.

        • Tusheer

          it wasn’t that hard then, though not as easy as it is now, now that you have HENSHIN mode, and an unnecessarily powerful for low investment class Hero

        • Aline Piroutek

          Is that true that PSO2 is free and FF XIV is paid online?

          • Tusheer

            yes but there’s also no english version of pso2

          • Justin McQuillen

            PSO2 is free but I think there is a cheap or free way to play FF also, I dont even remember. I bought the game but I think they have changed it to have an extensive trial period now.

  • Stuart O’Quin

    So.. Sony is holding things up, then.

  • Roto Prime

    I would give my first born for Final Fantasy XI offline (Same style as Phantasy Star Online on Nintendo Gamecube <3) on Nintendo Switch!! Wireless lan for 5 other friends

  • Hyrules

    FFXIV players just escaped the shackles of the PS3 limiting the game’s features and design after years of being told that certain things weren’t implemented due to said console’s limits.

    I am not really eager to see a new set of shackles snapped into place. Especially since the Switch’s hardware isn’t at the PS4’s level and will definitely end up becoming a factor by the time the next expansion releases.

    • Naoshi Baikyu

      If I’m not mistaken, the major shackle of the PS3 version was the RAM limit (it being 512mb or something) which held back a lot of things.

      Switch has a much better RAM (4GB) so I think FFXIV is more than capable of being handled there. My only concern are the raids being too intensive on the CPU or not.

  • Craig Baumbach

    Microsoft won’t do cross platform for this game because they want their own dedicated servers. It has nothing to do with Sony. Its all Microsoft. Its been said back when FFXIV first came out. Yoshida said it himself in an interview that he wants all the consoles to share servers, not have console dedicated ones.

  • karol zdzich

    They stop supporting PS3 version cause of hardware limitations yet they want to port it to SWITCH which is like PS3 in terms of power…
    Sony whisper to Yoshida “stop supporting PS3 this force more ppls to buy PS4” and now when i read this news i’m even more convinced.