Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is skipping the Xbox platforms because Microsoft won’t allow games on Xbox Live to share multiplayer servers with other platforms.
Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida told RPG Site that policy meant the game’s community would be split, with players on PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 on one lot of servers, and Xbox players on another.
"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?” asked Yoshida.
“I just don't like the idea. I disagree with it. Just make it open to everyone. That's my opinion."
Yoshida said that he would love for as many players as possible to enjoy the game worldwide, and from a business point of view it would make sense to have it on Xbox, but that the issue was out of Square Enix’s control.
“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."
The Xbox 360 release of Final Fantasy XI allowed cross-platform servers – an exception Microsoft made at the time but seems unwilling to make now.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is due out for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC on August 27.