Square Denies Final Fantasy 14 PS3 Exclusivity, 'Considering All Options'

By Chris Faylor, Jun 03, 2009 11:59am PDT Following up on the surprise announcement of Final Fantasy XIV for PlayStation 3 and PC, Square Enix has clarified that, despite what Sony said yesterday, the upcoming MMORPG is not a PlayStation 3 console-exclusive and could very well end up on Xbox 360.

"We are considering all options at this time," Square Enix senior VP Shinji Hashimoto stated, via translator, at a press conference today. He stressed that FFXIV should not be considered a PS3 exclusive, noting that "all options" includes Microsoft hardware.

"We don't want to make a copy of World of Warcraft," a company representative added.

As for why Square opted to create an entirely new MMORPG instead of porting Final Fantasy XI to PlayStation 3 and continuing to expand the world, the company said that "to have a [all-inclusive] sequel to FF11 [on a next-gen system], you'd have to port the original one, and to port it would take too much time." Rather than port Final Fantasy XI while adding new content and upgrades, the company decided to do something new.

Though reluctant to discuss specific gameplay features, Square noted its intent to develop and expand the job system to be "something quite different" than what was in Final Fantasy XI.

"We are trying to implement a lot of new systems other MMOs haven't used in the past," a member of the development team teased.

Square hopes to provide content for all the different styles of MMO play, explaining that "if you want to play in a solo, you can play solo. If you want to play 40 minutes in a day, you can play 40 minutes in a day. If you want to play all day, you can play all day."

The studio also took the time to clarify that the trailer released yesterday was indeed a mix of pre-rendered and in-engine visuals, and noted that Final Fantasy XIV will not use the PlayOnline infrastructure of Final Fantasy XI.

At present, Final Fantasy XIV is slated for a worldwide simultaneous launch on PlayStation 3 and PC at some point in 2010.

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  • "The current plans are to have worldwide servers that are cross-platform and cross-region...."

    they did this with ffxi, the result? the servers were in japan, with kids on fiber optic internets pinging 2-3ms to a server less then 100 miles away, where as my silly ass livin' in 'merica was pinging like 600-2500ms... this in a game where most if not all of your end game content was world bosses you have to grab once every 24 hours fighting the entire server for claim. guess who won claim the most?

    camping a monster with a full raid of people waiting for hours for it to pop, only to have the japanese kid grab it and have it well on its way to defeat before the shit even registers on your screen: priceless (actually it was like 12 bux a month + 1$ for each additional character)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y594VfpRWbA