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Final Fantasy XIV To Get Smartphone And Vita Support, Still Considering Xbox 360 Release

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Posted on October 23, 2011 AT 11:07am

THE BUZZ: Naoki Yohsida, Producer and Director on Final Fantasy XIV, has revealed that the team are considering Vita and smartphone support for access to inventory and in-game purchases.

“Not just the Vita, but also smartphones, so that kind of access will be allowed,” Yoshida tells RPG Site in a wide-ranging interview. “That will open the door to things like applications that people can used to check their inventory, or check the market and purchase things from the auctions,” he said.

He also mentioned that Square are currently in talks with Microsoft about bringing the game to Xbox 360, but not before earlier promises of a PlayStation 3 delivery are realized:

“One of the promises was to release a PlayStation 3 version – we made that promise long, long ago, and we still haven’t kept it,” he explains. ”We made that promise not only to the players, but to Sony as well. The first thing that we need to do, to regain [player] trust, is to fulfill those promises of bringing the PS3 version. Our priority right now is getting that version finished.

“Of course, because the game is developed on the PC, moving it to the Xbox 360 platform wouldn’t be that difficult, but as we said before, the thing we have to get done first is getting that PS3 version done. Once that’s done, we can take the next step from there. We are continuing our talks with Microsoft, but then you think, maybe next year Microsoft might be announcing their next hardware, and so our decision is do we wait for that next hardware? So we’re going to wait and see what’s happening after we delivered what we’ve promised.

EGM’s TAKE: The Square team, despite getting off ot a rocky start, appears to be aiming for a clean reboot of the Final Fantasy XIV concept. Focusing on getting the core game experience tightened up in the wake of their panned first attempt at the MMORGP seems the smart move before moving onto the Xbox platform.

Source: RPGSite

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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