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Final Fantasy XIV's Naoki Yoshida: "More people need to buy Vita" for a port to be worthwhile

Some slightly concerning news for PS Vita. We sat down with Final Fantasy XIV's producer and director Naoki Yoshida at Gamescom, who told us his game's engine is very scaleable so it can be dialed back to fit lower-spec hardware, which is why it works on PC and PS3. We immediately thought of the other logical low-end platform - PS Vita - and asked how feasible that would be as a platform for an MMO like FFXIV. Here's what he told us:

Naoki Yoshida (via translator): "Technically it'll probably work – you could scale it down and get it running. The problem is that in an MMO one of the most important things is the network and so, you know, if you're in a party with a lot of different people in a raid and someone's on the Vita and they have a very... you know, it's not a stable network connection then you're going to be a nuisance to your party members. So global internet networks need to be better. And then also, just more people need to buy the Vita."

GR: That's very true…

Naoki Yoshida: [Laughs]

Above: Naoki Yoshida with huge concept art at Gamescom

So that's that then. Technically possible, but it would be a weaker version thanks to internet speeds... plus it seems the existing user-base is so small, it wouldn't make it worthwhile. Clearly, that's not what Sony needs right now. The more developers who think like this, the less chance Vita has of getting a large install base. Vicious circle.

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  • brickman409 - August 20, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    sony should really put this in ps vita advertisements.
  • bigwill1221 - August 20, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    PSP type zero plox. not ps vita
  • gazzc - August 20, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    LOL, nobody's buying vitas because of lack of games, but nobody is making games because of lack of console owners...that is just a perfect recipe for failure. But I am not really sure what is meant with the comments regarding global internet infrastructure, games like world of warcraft and such have been more than capable of handling massive numbers of players for years now. Sure somebody is always going to have a dropped connection every now and then but that's not going to change at any point in the near future. Also how does this relate only to the vita? He suggests the vita has a less stable connection that other formats but I do not see how that is possible. It seems to me more like they are looking for any excuse to avoid making vita games.
  • justfish - August 20, 2012 6:43 a.m.

    Tegra3 on android would be nice and the user base is increasing.
  • KidJustKid - August 20, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    Did I hear Tegra and Android <coughOUYAcough>
  • nintendo365 - August 20, 2012 6:02 a.m.

    I do want a vita, but if the price is competing with a PS3, Im not gonna be too inclined to get one versus just getting a PS3. Sony needs to scale it back and make it accessible, price wise.
  • Cyberninja - August 20, 2012 5:17 a.m.

    When did it ever come to PS3? Last I checked that version was in limbo forever. Also PhanstasyStarOnline 2 is coming to Vita so it can run MMOs.
  • PhantasyPopStar - August 20, 2012 5:06 a.m.

    Unless they plan on releasing this on the Iphone/Ipad it is completely useless. Shame, I used to respect Square-enix. But turning a blind eye to the more obvious and successful gaming platform is pretty much unforgivable..
  • stitchjones - August 20, 2012 4:44 a.m.

    The Vita has enough bad press and other devices that will prevent it from ever selling like gangbusters. Sony's lack luster support with the PSP made buyers cautious of investing into the Vita. Sony either really needs to step it up, or give up early and stop that bleeding of profits.
  • ZuzuPachulia - August 20, 2012 4:29 a.m.

    LOL, not gonna happen bud. How bout instead, they port over dissidia to some sort of console? Besides, playing an MMO on any handheld for that matter would be hell.
  • taokaka - August 20, 2012 4:47 a.m.

    Here's a crazy idea instead of even considering porting an MMO that may never be able to break free of the negative stigma attached to it port type 0 instead. It makes a lot more sense seeing as fans of FF outside of Japan might want to play what is considered by some the best FF in years.
  • taokaka - August 20, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    woops, didn't mean for this to be a reply
  • awaiken - August 25, 2012 6:34 p.m.

    That stigma was broken a long time ago. Anytime I see an article about this game, the comments section is overwhelmingly positive. Occasionally you'll see one or two people hung up on the fact that this game launched in a broken state. There should be a free 30 trial for everyone who bought this game originally. If people could forgive Microsoft for launching xbox 360 in a broken state, then people will forgive S-E for FFXIV.

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