Final Fantasy XIV set to remain a PS3 exclusive
Final Fantasy XIV, the upcoming Final Fantasy MMO, is set to remain as a PS3 console exclusive. The people of Square Enix have never suggested that it would arrive on the Xbox 360, but there has been some doubts circulating around the ‘net that this could change. The Final Fantasy XIV online creator and developer, Hiromichi Tanaka, has moved to quash this speculation, explaining that the Xbox Live system is too “closed” for the game.
The core Final Fantasy games, since seven, have all been PS3 exclusives, but this changed when Final Fantasy XIII arrived on the Xbox 360. The announcement caused a stir, so this topic does carry baggage.
The decision, however, not to release the game on the Xbox 360 has been made for logistical reasons, not because of any notion of loyalty. As Tanaka explained to Eurogamer:
“The main reason why we couldn’t go with Xbox 360 was the Xbox Live system, [Live is] different to the normal internet environment, so when we wanted to introduce this game in the same environment as Windows PC it had to be PS3, so that was our choice.
Microsoft has a different point of view: they want to have a closed environment for Xbox Live. We’re still talking to… We couldn’t come to an agreement on Xbox Live.”
The situation may well change in the future, but at the moment it looks unlikely. So how does this relate to the PS3? Well, it’s a sign that developers see the PlayStation console as an open platform where developers feel at home.
The recent developments with Valve are also further evidence that the PS3 is an open platform. The traditionally anti-Sony developer has stated that they believe Portal 2 on the PS3 will be the best console version, and they are even bringing Steamworks (a version of Steam, their platform for running servers and updating software) to the console.
Sony will be reassured to hear the plaudits that are being aimed towards the system, especially after the system struggled with multi-format titles in its early years. It’s also great for us to know that we’ll be fortunate enough to play Final Fantasy XIV. More MMOs are welcome on the console.