Thu, Oct 20, 2011 | 15:16 BST
FFXIV: Square considering Vita and smartphone support, “continuing talks” with MS over 360 version
Final Fantasy XIV boss Naoki Yoshida has said Vita and smartphone support for the MMO is being considered.
To put the skids of any talk of a Vita or smartphone-specific version of the game, Yoshida made clear that any support for these platforms would be through accessing your inventory and purchasing items in-game, among other things, when V2.0 – announced last week – is introduced next year.
“Yes, currently this is all post-2.0, but because we’re doing a reconstruction of our server system, in those plans, we’re going to make sure that the servers can be accessed by outside devices such as smart phones,” he told RPG Site in a long, infotastic interview.
“Not just the Vita, but also smartphones, so that kind of access will be allowed. That will open the door to things like applications that people can used to check their inventory, or check the market and purchase things from the auctions. Those are the things we are laying for in our server foundation, so we can be ready to implement those after 2.0.”
Yoshida also confirmed Square was “continuing talks” with Microsoft over a 360 version of the game – echoing comments made by former director Hiromichi Tanaka to VG247 before the game’s release at gamescom last year – but maintained the priority was the PS3 version.
The PS3 SKU will have a beta later next year, before properly launching in 2013.
“The one thing to regain that damaged player trust is to keep those promises, and one of the promises was to release a PlayStation 3 version – we made that promise long, long ago, and we still haven’t kept it,” said Yoshida.
“We made that promise not only to the players, but to Sony as well. The first thing that we need to do, to regain that trust, is to fulfill those promises of bringing the PS3 version. Our priority right now is getting that version finished.”
He added that moving the game over from PC to 360 “wouldn’t be that difficult, but as we said before, the thing we have to get done first is getting that PS3 version done.”
As he put it, “we’re going to wait and see what’s happening after we delivered what we’ve promised.”