Final Fantasy XIV Only Exclusive On PS3 Because Microsoft Didn't Want It

Posted: Jul 13 2010, 7:42am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:22am CDT, in News | Gaming

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Sony made a big deal at last year's E3 expo about the fact that Final Fantasy XIV is going to be a console exclusive to the PS3, but it turns out that's only because Microsoft didn't even want it.
Sony fanboys were outraged last year when Square Enix decided to drop its PS3 exclusivity for Final Fantasy XIII and port it over to Xbox 360 as well, a move that not only killed a killer app for the PS3 but also delayed the game's North American release.

Sony tried to made things a bit better for its fanbase by announcing that Final Fantasy XIV's console release was going to be exclusive to PS3. It seemed like some sort of compromise between Square Enix and Sony, but now it has been revealed that wasn't really the case.

Square Enix had presented the game to Microsoft to get the obligatory license to put it on Xbox 360, but Microsoft denied them. Apparently Microsoft was not interested on running the intensive massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) on the Xbox Live servers, so they passed on it, even though they had previously allowed Final Fantasy XI to run on Xbox Live.

That's according to an interview with Hiromichi Tanaka, which was published in Japanese and translated by fan site Final Fantasy Union.

An even bigger blow to PS3 fans is that even though the only standalone console to get Final Fantasy XIV will be PS3, the game is also coming to PC, and it will be released for PC owners several months before it will even find its way to the PS3.

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