Square Enix’ massive multiplayer online role-playing video game (MMORPG) title, “Final Fantasy 14,” continues to attract quite a lot of players despite it being more than seven years old. The game received critical success when the developer launched a new version of the game, called “Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn,” in 2013. However, one of the biggest problems with the game is its lack of reach, particularly to players of other consoles aside from the PlayStation 4.

Planned expansion

According to a recent interview with the game’s director, Naoki Yoshida, Square is apparently planning to expand the game’s reach to other consoles, namely on the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One.

Yoshida was previously against the release of the game to other systems, given the franchise’s exclusivity with Sony.

However, the director may have changed his mind regarding the matter as the company is now apparently in talks with both Microsoft and Nintendo regarding possibly porting the game to their respective gaming consoles.

Yoshida specifically mentioned in a recent interview that the company wants to have as many players for “Final Fantasy 14” as possible. He also revealed that “discussions” with Microsoft and Nintendo are still ongoing and there isn’t yet a final decision regarding the game’s possible ported versions.

Problematic implementation

One of the biggest problems with porting the game to other consoles is its cross-play feature.

Players on either a PC and on a PlayStation 4 are currently able to play with each other regardless of their platform due to the way updates have been setup for the game. The same version of the game is essentially running on both platforms at any given time, but this will become a big problem if there will be delays in the release of a particular update.

Microsoft currently has its own evaluation process for all updates that will be released for any games on their systems. Nintendo on the other hand also has its own process. Yoshida mentioned that they are currently trying to make both companies understand their game’s online and update regulations and a lot of details still has to be ironed out.

Switch’s limitations

It was also mentioned that due to the Nintendo Switch being relatively new to the scene, Square Enix still has to evaluate the system’s possible limitations and find out if it can keep up with the game’s demands. Yoshida however ultimately expressed his hopefulness that the game will be coming to both platforms very soon.