Sony and Square Enix have been pretty inexorably linked when it comes to the hit MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV. The PS4 and PS5 versions of the game have been pretty crucial in helping the MMO grow in the way that it has so far. And with Microsoft fighting for its place in the console gaming scene, they really need a win. And with a recent expansion announcement, they looked to have inked a deal that may help them gain back some ground.A Final Fantasy XIV Xbox version is in the works.
Final Fantasy XIV will be available for Xbox Series X|S sometime during Spring 2024. Before its release, an open beta will be available during the Patch 6.5X series, slated for this year. After that, and the launch of the newly announced Final Fantasy XIV Dawntrail expansion, the 7.X series will kick off. There is a mountain of new content set for this expansion cycle, including new Jobs, an increased level cap and more. A new expansion is always great news. But really, the potential of thousands of new players flocking to the world of Eorzea is just as cool.
Details on changes to the control scheme are one areas that players on Xbox are particularly curious about. The Warriors of Light on Sony consoles have had a finely tuned experience for years, and it shouldn’t be too hard to adapt the PlayStation-focused control scheme of the MMORPG to a new platform. And with modern hardware, performance shouldn’t be too much of a concern either. At least that’s the hope. We do know that the Xbox port will be a download-only title, and will have support for 4K visuals.
“.. we’re really inspired by how you have made Final Fantasy XIV, with all of you, a global success, and we want to bring the Xbox community and your Warriors of Light together in a way that is safe, secure, and engaging and, above all, fun.” Phil Spencer, Microsoft Gaming CEO told viewers during the reveal.
Takashi Kiryu, President and CEO of Square Enix, shared the stage with Spencer and added, “I think I can speak for myself, Yoshi-P, all of our Warriors of Light here and watching the live stream, when I say how excited I am to see Xbox support added and for us to welcome countless new friends to the world of Final Fantasy XIV”.
Check out the trailer for Dawntrail below.