Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn‘s director Naoki Yoshida has revealed that the reason for the game not being on Xbox 360 is due to Microsoft’s reluctance to allow shared game servers with other platforms.
“The main reason from our side is that I don’t want the community to be divided; to be split into two or more,” he told RPGSite. “For example, one player might be on the PC version, another might be on the PS4 version, and I’m playing the Xbox version – but we’re not able to join the same game servers. That is just… I just don’t like the idea. I disagree with it.
“To be frankly honest with you, there are now so many mobile devices, smart phones, everything — why would you ever just stick to one platform from the hardware aspect? Just — make it open to everyone? That’s my opinion.
“I would love for as many players as possible to enjoy the game worldwide, so from a business point of view it could make sense to have it on the Xbox platforms. But as I mentioned earlier, that would bring about the tragedy that somebody might have to give up their existing character. Then players might get frustrated, and then they ask us – ‘Square Enix, can’t you do something?’ and then… yeah. Unless that happens, we can’t really do anything.”
So there you have it, until Microsoft drops its cross-game server rules there will be no Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox 360.