Square Enix still in talks with Nintendo on Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV may only be for PS4 and PC so far but that could change. Square Enix has shown interest in bringing its game to Xbox and Nintendo before and again recently. In a GameSpot interview Naoki Yoshida, who is in charge of the game, said Square Enix is still in talks with Nintendo and Google both.

Yoshida has said in previous interviews that Final Fantasy XIV needs to support cross-play, which they can’t do on Xbox or the Switch yet. With the emergence of games like Fortnite and Rocket League though more systems are accepting cross-play, so it’s more likely that the talks will get somewhere now.

Nothing is set in stone at this point though, so don’t get your hopes up just yet.

In the nearly hour-long interview between GameSpot and Yoshida, he mentioned that Square Enix wants to have the biggest player base they can and getting the cross-play on Xbox and Switch would be a big step. They also asked if Square would consider dropping the monthly subscription model for a free-to-play one but the current free-to-play until level 35 is staying around for a while.

“F2P is not a bad model. F2P in general in games, players try it, and then just go. For Final Fantasy XIV, our basic game design is we want players to spend a little bit of time and because the game gets interesting [over time]. If we shift to F2P with the current game design, then either the community or the game itself would break. So it’s not going to be good. If we were to move to a F2P model, we should have to completely rehash, recreate the game design from scratch. Changing simply to FP2 now is not a good game design decision. It’s not a good direction.” Yoshida had to say.

What do you think about Square Enix wanting to cross-play with Xbox and Nintendo? Let us know in the comments.

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