They couldn't deliver the same FFXIV on Xbox 360 as on PC, so they choose PS3. Champions Online from Cryptic suffered similar defeat.
The super-hero MMO was all set for an Xbox 360 version but Microsoft's tight grip on Xbox Live prevented them from launching the game. The PC version fully supports the use of the Xbox 360 controller showing it has the chops for it.
"The main reason why we couldn't go with Xbox 360 was the Xbox Live system," explained Tanaka-san on FFXIV's absence from the console, reports .
Live is "different to the normal internet environment, so when we wanted to introduce this game in the same environment as Windows PC it had to be PS3, so that was our choice." This isn't the first and won't be the last MMO to fail in getting on Xbox Live.
"Microsoft has a different point of view: they want to have a closed environment for Xbox Live. We're still talking to... We couldn't come to an agreement on Xbox Live," he added. Recently Square Enix's Yoichi Wada said the console networks "first and foremost" must allow third-parties to or we'll all suffer.
Final Fantasy XIV Online is in development for PS3 and PC.
Tanaka: Microsoft wants "closed" Xbox Live, policy blocks FFXIV
25 June 2010 | By Simon Priest
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