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Snubtacular burn: Final Fantasy XIV is PS3 exclusive because Microsoft didn’t want it

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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

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26 comments

  • levihill - July 17, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    I don't understand why Microsoft would turn down this opportunity. Don't get me wrong I won't be losing any sleep over this revelation but it just makes me think about how stupid and rubbish Microsoft are. They had no problem with Final Fantasy XI so why have they got problems now?
  • pin316 - July 14, 2010 10:56 a.m.

    i originally was a bit gutted about this, as I don't play MMORPGs but thought about giving this a try. However, I will instead be trying out The Old Republic on the PC so not too fussed now. The depth you get in those games really seems like something you'd want a proper keyboard/mouse for anyhow. I just hope that MS haven't shafted themselves (or rather, those of us with 360s who actually like decent RPGs from Japan...we do exist you know), in terms of any future core-FF titles.
  • gaseoussnake - July 14, 2010 6:29 a.m.

    isnt light years distance? 6 months?! egads!
  • pka4lif - July 14, 2010 4:40 a.m.

    What pisses me off about this is the way microsoft decided. They didnt consider what xbox owners would want, just the "sanctity" of their own on line subscription. This is classic tunnel vision that is going to lead to more people leaning toward the PS3 than the 360. I personally prefer the 360; but, this makes me want to give sony my business since MSFT doenst seem to think its important to give me what i want.
  • liekmudkiepz8 - July 14, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    I couldnt care less about 14 but I really hope that microsofts decision will not keep square from making additional final fantasies on the xbox
  • BazyLastard - July 14, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    You can be assured of one thing, this came down to dollars. MS wouldn't walk away if they believed there was enough money to be made with FFXIV not to. It's interesting then, to wonder why MS doesn't think it was a worthwhile investment, knowing that they risked souring their future relationship with Square Enix going forward. Apparently, they aren't too concerned. So you have to wonder, if they know they risk losing the next FF title, are they saying they don't care, or don't want it either? Pretty brash. Did they use the sales of FFXI and FFXIII as guidelines and found both wanting? Ten years ago, this would have been incredible news story (heck 5 years ago) and a much bigger slap in the face. Nowadays it just feels like a juggernaut franchise finally (no pun intended) showing it's not quite the power player it once was.
  • Clovin64 - July 13, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    Square Enix generously gives Xbox 360 FF13, and this is how they repay them? Ouch! What if Squeenix retaliates by making FF15 a PS3 exclusive? I couldnt really care less about online FF11 or 14 (I'll just stick to my offline FF's thank you) but I feel sorry for 360 owners who wanted the game and PS3 owners who now have to put up with a bullshit delay. P.S. A recent survey confirms that there is no relation between owning a PS3 and having unpleasant bodily odours.
  • Cwf2008 - July 13, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    Good because Final Fantasy sucks anyway (from experience)
  • spideralex90 - July 13, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    Final Fantasy CXXVIII?!!!!!! OH NO! Who cares? I gave up on Final Fantasy after Final Fantasy I. PS3 can have that junk.
  • Ampatent - July 13, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    Light years are not a unit of time, didn't Pokemon teach you anything?!
  • 435 - July 13, 2010 10:20 p.m.

    I'd like to see how FFXI did on the 360 versus the cost of adapting the infrastructure to the cause. Also, I suppose this means the death knell for other MMOs that were to be built on the 360, such as APB.
  • OneEyedGoon - July 13, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    Don't care at all about MMOs. Weird choice on MS's part, though.
  • sharkweek - July 13, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    The reason microsoft didn't want is probably because FFXI was such garbage.
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 13, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    It's incredibly over-protective and close-minded and proprietary and money-grubbing of Microsoft, but I still agree, mostly because I don't care for MMOs. It does, however, suck for people who do want MMOs on their 360.
  • Ultimadrago - July 13, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    Microsoft knows its core. Now if they could only know well enough to try NOT copycatting a captured market.
  • jimmeroo - July 13, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    woowwwww well this just proves that ms is probably the stupidest company in existence but ill still be able to play on my ps3 :]
  • oryandymackie - July 13, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURNT.
  • StrayGator - July 13, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    The title reminded me of Narbacular Drop (aka Portal 0.01)
  • theemporer - July 13, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    ^ Anyone that allies themselves with a single company would smell bad.
  • JADENkOTOR - July 13, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    MS got BIG BALLS... and PS3 guys do smell bad.

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