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Final Fantasy XIV Director Still Interested In Nintendo Switch Port

Eurogamer managed to catch up with Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida to talk extensively about the game and the company’s future plans for the massive online RPG. One of the things that inevitably came up was a mention of a Nintendo Switch port as Yoshida says he wants to make the game available to as many people as possible.

There’s still room for it to come to other platforms, too – and, of course, no interview in 2017 would be complete without asking about the possibility of a Switch port. “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.”

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  1. If Sony still isn’t on board with cross-platform play this might never happen unfortunately. Maybe that’s why he emphasized that point. Hopefully it does, but looking at Sony’s decision with Minecraft and Rocket League I think it’s really slim.

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    1. Why would Sony being against it stop this from happening? Like with Minecraft, if Sony is against it, they’ll just be the only system with the game that isn’t cross-platform play capable again. Square Enix isn’t so pro-Sony that they’d let Sony stop them from making money on other systems if they know there is money to be made.

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    1. I hope so too! I would definitely also like ports of existing and upcoming remakes and remasters on my Switch. If Square Enix starts porting Final Fantasy to Switch, I will probably end up buying each and every one of them…

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