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Microsoft 'Rules' are Holding Up Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox One

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During a recent press event, Final Fantasy XIV Executive Producer Naoki Yoshida spoke candidly about why the game is not yet on Xbox One. He does not equivocate as he explains that Microsoft has two conditions that prevent porting FFXIV to XB1 with full crossplay capabilities: First, without the ability to chat across platforms, playing an MMO is impossible. Second, players are not allowed to form a guild, link shell or free company, again making MMO play impossible.

"I would like to have Microsoft change their regulations," Yoshida said. "For an MMORPG, a game which full communication is possible, regulations need to be created considering how massive an MMORPG is to have true crossplay FFXIV will not release crossplay without making this clear because that would only hurt the players. I think we can only try to continue having our discussions with those parties."

In the past, Sony has been accused of standing in the way of crossplay on PlayStation 4 while Microsoft has been much more open to the idea including the release of a limited version of Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch. 

Read the full interview here.

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Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom