Final Fantasy XIV Producer Naoki Yoshida Discusses Bringing the MMO to the Nintendo Switch

Naoki Yoshida

Final Fantasy XIV’s producer Naoki Yoshida has had a busy weekend.  The FFXIV Fan Festival 2017 kicked off in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday to promote FFXIV’s latest expansion, Stormblood.  Nicknamed Yoshi-P, the producer arrived onstage wearing Far Eastern garments in order to announce the Samurai class, which will be arriving alongside the previously announced Red Mage class in the new expansion.

Square Enix was also the recipient of 3 Guinness World Records, which Yoshi-P was there to accept.  The first was for an MMO having the longest end credits.  The ending credits scene in FFXIV clocked in at 1 hour and 38 minutes (I totally didn’t sit through them, I swear).  The next record was for the most original pieces of music in a video game, at 384.  The last record was for the FF series as a whole, Most Prolific Role Playing Game Series with 87 games.  That’s a lot of Chocobos.

When the festivities began to die down, The Sixth Axis had a chance to ask Yoshi-P if Final Fantasy XIV would be coming to the Nintendo Switch.  According to the producer, it’s a possibility.  Square Enix would love to have FFXIV on as many consoles as possible, though Nintendo would have to allow for cross-play between PC and PS4 for that to happen.

“The main limitation [is] that they absolutely don’t want to create a boxed off version of the game that can’t interact with the others.  If that could be overcome then they’d be very interested in discussing a Switch port.”

Cross-play being a requirement makes perfect sense, and it happens to also be the same reason why Final Fantasy XIV isn’t available on the Xbox One.  Without cross-play, the game’s communities would be segmented, and the isolated console could suffer from under-population as a result.

Naoki Yoshida also confirmed that his development team had begun to work on a patch for the PS4 Pro.  That said, don’t expect to see Chocobos in glorious 4k, unless you are playing Final Fantasy XV on Sony’s souped up console.  According to the producer, the plan is to go in a different direction with the console’s extra power.

“Rather than using the PS4 Pro’s power to adapt to [a] 4k display, we’re thinking of using it for game performance.  We’ve begun work on a Pro patch and hope to have details soon.”

It will be interesting to see what Square Enix plans on doing with the extra kick from the PS4 Pro.  With the developer ending support for the PS3 version of the game, the bottle-necking due to the PS3’s older hardware will cease to exist, so the sky is the limit.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is set to arrive on June 20 for PC and the PS4.

So, what’s your opinion on FFXIV potentially coming to the Nintendo Switch?  Do you think cross-play will ever happen?  And how do you think Naoki Yoshida looks in his Samurai gear?  Let us know in the comments section below, and as always, stay tuned to DFTG for all the latest Final Fantasy news!  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for our 24/7 news feed!

Ryan "Cinna" Carrier2470 Posts

Ryan is a writer and the head editor for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he isn't writing, Ryan is likely considering yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy IX. He's also the DFTG cinnamon bun.

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