Microsoft wants Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn to come to the Xbox One

Square Enix says that Microsoft has held discussions the game publisher on the possible launch of its fantasy MMO game Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn for the Xbox One console.

Square Enix launched the first version of the game for the PC in 2010 but it was plagued with so many bugs and missing features that the publisher basically decided to start over again after a massive player backlash. The updated version, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, launched to a much better reception in 2013 for the PC and PlayStation 3. It launched on the PlayStation 4 in 2014.

In a chat with Polygon during E3 2016, Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida stated that the Xbox One's cross-play support for other consoles could allow the game to come to Microsoft's platform. However, it sounds like there may still be some issues that need to be resolved first:

"Microsoft actually approached the Final Fantasy 14 team about the cross-platform opportunity," Yoshida told Polygon. "When our team reviewed the regulations that are associated with that, we realized that Microsoft may not have the experience or understanding of running an MMORPG as an online game genre just yet. The Final Fantasy 14 team has fed back to Microsoft that there are certain elements of its regulations that we would have to consider waived. We're waiting on Microsoft's response for that, but we are having discussions."

John Callaham