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Former SOE president reveals likely reason FFXIV won't release on Xbox One or Switch

Former SOE president reveals likely reason FFXIV won't release on Xbox One or Switch

Written by Brayden — 20 Jun 2018

Ever since Final Fantasy XIV re-launched in 2013, the Final Fantasy XIV team led by producer/director Naoki Yoshida have always wanted to release their game on other consoles, beginning with Xbox 360, Xbox One and most recently Nintendo Switch.

Back then, it was actually Microsoft's fault it was not available on Xbox 360 or Xbox One but since then they have improved their policies becoming the most pro-consumer console brand and now allow cross-platform-play between Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows 10 with Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U. They would be able to do the same with PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 but Sony seems to have no interest in it.

Naoki Yoshida has said previously he's spoken to Microsoft and Nintendo about the possibility of bringing Final Fantasy XIV to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch but it's currently not possible due to Sony's policies. Doing so right now would require separate servers and accounts. Right now, Sony locks all game accounts to PlayStation platforms, preventing them from being used on Xbox or Nintendo platforms.

Following the outrage from many players about their accounts for the game Fortnite being locked to PlayStation 4 preventing them from using them on Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, John Smedley, former president of Sony Online Entertainment has revealed the likely reason why Sony refuses to support cross-platform-play. You can check it out below.

“When I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money,”

“They didn’t like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a PlayStation. simple as that. dumb reason, but there it is.”

Source: VG247