The insanely popular Final Fantasy XIV on PS4 and PC is a sight to behold. Even after years from release, the game is going strong as it just dropped it’s newest expansion and has insane critical acclaim.

Fans of Xbox have been wondering when we might see the game come over, as we all know, Microsoft was infamous years ago for publicly denying Sony Cross-Play when they approached Microsoft about it for this game. Now that everyone is being buddy-buddy, some thought the game could come over alongside the release of this expansions. But the director of the game Naoki Yoshida had the following to say in a translated interview by WCCF:

Two months ago, I discussed with Phil Spencer. I have explained this before but we are prepared to do crossplay at any time. To play an MMORPG, there are 2 regulations for Microsoft which stand in the way of making crossplay feasible. Unless these regulations are rejected, there is no meaning. Simply speaking, the matching base FPS style game has no issues with those 2 regulations. If we had made an FPS game [had FF14 been one of those games], then we would already have crossplay. One of the regulations is that players with different platforms cannot chat with each other in-game. Then how do you play an MMO? The other regulation is you cannot make a community with plays on a different platform. You can’t form a guild, you can’t enter into a link shell, [and] no free company. So I would like to have Microsoft change their regulations.

Naoki Yoshida, director of Final Fantasy XIV

So unfortunately due to Microsoft’s restrictions the game won’t make it’s way to Xbox since this is a title that requires Cross-Play. It is possible a port could make its way to Nintendo Switch. It’s quite funny, since Final Fantasy XI had Cross-Play between PS2, Xbox 360, and PC. Sad this can’t continue now with XIV.

Final Fantasy XIV launched in 2010 on PC, with releases on PS3, PS4, and macOS in 2013, 2014, and 2015 respectively thanks to the expansion A Realm Reborn. This MMO requires a $14.99/month subscription.

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