Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the improved reincarnation of Final Fantasy XIV, will be out on the 27th of August for PC and PS3, with a PS4 version coming later. However, unlike recent Final Fantasy games, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn won't be coming out on Xbox platforms.
The game's director, Naoki Yoshida, explained that the game won't be coming to Xbox consoles because of certain Xbox Live policies. More specifically, that Xbox consoles don't support cross-play with other platforms. This means that if you play an online game on Xbox 360 you won't be able to play with players on Playstation 3.
Yoshida said, "The policy has not changed on Microsoft's side, the main reason from our side is that I don't want the community to be divided; to be split into two or more. For example, one player might be on the PC version, another might be on the PS4 version, and I'm playing the Xbox version - but we're not able to join the same game servers. That is just... I just don't like the idea. I disagree with it. To be frankly honest with you, there are now so many mobile devices, smart phones, everything "” why would you ever just stick to one platform from the hardware aspect? Just "” make it open to everyone? That's my opinion."
For the time being, it looks like Xbox players will have to stick with single-player Final Fantasy titles. Do you think Microsoft should change their policies, or maybe there's some benefit for not allowing cross-play? Share your thoughts in the comments below.