Square Enix vows to bring games to Xbox whenever they can, after the announcement of Final Fantasy 14.

Square Enix vows to bring games to Xbox whenever they can, after the announcement of Final Fantasy 14.

Square Enix and Xbox Join Forces to Bring More Games to Fans!

Today, in an exciting announcement, Square Enix revealed that their beloved MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV, will soon be available on Xbox consoles! After years of being a PlayStation exclusive, Xbox has managed to win Square Enix’s heart and secure a bright future filled with even more Square Enix games on their consoles.

At the Final Fantasy Fan Fest 2023, the crowd erupted with joy as Final Fantasy XIV’s game director, Naoki Yoshida (Yoshi-P), brought Xbox head, Phil Spencer, and Square Enix CEO, Takashi Kiryu, onto the stage. In a moment of anticipation, Kiryu took the mic and made a statement that left fans buzzing with excitement:

“As the CEO of Square Enix, I am here to deliver fabulous news to fans all around the world. It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Xbox community into the Square Enix family. Starting with the highly anticipated release of Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox in spring 2024, we are committed to bringing more of our incredible games to Xbox for players everywhere to enjoy. We look forward to collaborating closely with Phil and the Xbox team to make this dream a reality.”

Spencer, beaming with enthusiasm, then took the stage to respond graciously:

“Thank you, Kiryu-san. We have the utmost respect for Square Enix’s rich legacy, and we are thrilled to further strengthen our relationship through the arrival of Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox. We are eager to work hand in hand with you and the Square Enix team on future game projects that will captivate our audience.”

You may be wondering why this announcement is such a big deal. Well, let me fill you in on the juicy details. Square Enix has a long history of exclusive deals with both Xbox and PlayStation, which frequently dictated the platforms on which their games were released. The recent launch of Final Fantasy XVI exclusively on PlayStation consoles further fueled concerns about Square Enix’s allegiance to PlayStation.

In fact, during the FTC v. Microsoft trial, it was revealed that Xbox had even considered acquiring Square Enix back in 2019. While the reasons behind this never materializing remain a mystery, it clearly demonstrates Xbox’s determination to secure Square Enix’s incredible franchises. Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Nier, Just Cause, and many more have been on Xbox’s wish list for a while now.

The fact that Kiryu and Spencer graced the stage together today speaks volumes. It suggests a future where PlayStation exclusivity deals might become less common for Square Enix games, with an increased presence on Xbox’s GamePass. This is fantastic news for gamers looking to indulge in the fantastic worlds and storytelling that Square Enix is known for.

But let’s not get bogged down by the minutiae. Today’s Fan Fest keynote was a treasure trove of exciting updates. Alongside the Xbox announcement, fans were treated to a sneak peek of the new Final Fantasy XIV Dawntrail expansion, a jaw-dropping graphics upgrade, and a tantalizing T-shirt tease. Sadly, one thing we can confirm is that Dawntrail will not include Blitzball. Apologies to all the Blitzball enthusiasts out there.

With this shift in alliances, the gaming landscape is evolving, and we can’t wait to see where it takes us. As a senior reporter here at GameTopic, I’ll be keeping you up to date with all the thrilling developments. Have a story tip? Don’t hesitate to shoot it my way at [email protected].

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