Remember at last year’s Sony E3 press conference when there was this big surprise reveal of Final Fantasy XIV, and how the console release was going to be exclusive to PS3? Well, it turns out that’s only because Microsoft flat-out rejected the idea of bringing the massively multiplayer online game to the Xbox 360.
Publisher Square Enix had no intention of making FF XIV exclusive to the PS3, but when the studio presented the game to Microsoft, the guys responsible for approving Xbox 360 titles told them “no thanks.” In an interview with German website 4players.de, the game’s director Hiromichi Tanaka was asked why the game was not being released on Xbox 360. Crunching the German text through Google Translator reveals that Tanaka answered laughingly, “The exact reason we ourselves would like to know.”
Above: An image that you will apparently never see on Xbox 360. Because Microsoft doesn't want you to associate with those savage, unwashed PS3 and PC players.
Apparently Microsoft was not too keen on the idea of being part of a multi-platform MMORPG, so Square Enix gave up on programming the game for Xbox 360. “They want Xbox Live to be a closed system,” said Tanaka, even though Final Fantasy XI had the exact same cross-platform interface and Microsoft had no issue with it at that time. So, immediately after giving Microsoft the gift of Final Fantasy XIII, originally supposed to be a PS3 exclusive, Square Enix got no love for its next project. Zing!
Well, at least it’s still good news for the PS3, right? Sure… Unless you actually want to play the game on launch day. Yep, although Square wanted the PS3 and PC versions to be available simultaneously, development constraints have pushed back the console timeline and it will now ship out the PC version in September of this year, and it has delayed the PS3 release to no sooner than March 2011. That means anyone who picks up the PS3 version is already going to be light years behind PC players who have already been grinding through the game for six months. It’s becoming harder and harder to be a PS3 Final Fantasy fanboy.
Jul 13, 2010