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Over the past couple of years, we’ve repeatedly heard from Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida about wanting to have the MMORPG on more platforms, including Switch. The only barrier brought up in the past relates to cross-platform play. Nintendo and Microsoft fully support the feature, and Sony is starting to get on board as well. That means a Switch version is even more likely to happen now.

Speaking with GameSpot, Yoshida confirmed that Square Enix is still talking with Nintendo as well as other companies and are currently “in negotiations”. He said:

Square Enix has said on numerous occasions that Final Fantasy XIV could be a possibility for Switch. This has been discussed even when the system was known as NX. Our last update was in November of last year, when director / producer Naoki Yoshida said that he wants the MMORPG on as many platforms as possible.

Since then, nothing has changed. Yoshida again told VGR that he and the rest of his team want “as many to play as possible.” Discussions are also still taking place with Nintendo to see if Final Fantasy XIV can come to Switch and Xbox One with cross-play with the PC and PS4 versions. Yoshida added he “hopes to announce something as soon as we can.”


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.

Final Fantasy XIV possibly coming to Switch is something that producer Naoki Yoshida has commented on fairly regularly. We’ve heard him weigh in on things as early as August 2015, back when Nintendo’s console was known as NX.

Kotaku once again asked Yoshida about Final Fantasy XIV on Switch in a recent interview. He unsurprisingly said that he’s still very much open the idea. However, he also stressed the importance of having cross-play.

Yoshida’s latest comments are as follows:

Square Enix has mentioned on a couple of occasions that Final Fantasy XIV is a possibility for Switch. This is something that director Naoki Yoshida reiterated once again while speaking with

According to Yoshida, discussions with Nintendo are ongoing. However, when putting Final Fantasy XIV on a new platform, supporting the community is a shared responsibility between Square Enix and Nintendo. The two sides are talking about this (and likely more), but Yoshida said that “these conversations will take a long time.”

Yoshida’s full words:

“We want as many players joining Final Fantasy XIV as possible. …We need to make sure Nintendo and Microsoft understand what we do and have them know about our online and QA regulations. We believe these conversations will take a long time.”


Final Fantasy XIV may have a shot of coming to the NX. Director and producer Naoki Yoshida has said that he’s waiting to know when the console will be released, and the company would need to talk with Nintendo about the policies regarding cross-platform gameplay before a port can be considered. Note that negotiations with Nintendo have not yet been started.