There has been some talk going around over the past few days regarding some words that the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer had with IGN about why Final Fantasy XIV hasn’t seen a release on the Xbox One- namely platform exclusivity and “business.”
“It’s business,” he said, adding he couldn’t speak too candidly about the matter. “As I’ve grow in this role, and I’ve tried to learn the third-party exclusivity thing – and you see us doing less of it now – [I’ve found] it’s not something I’m a huge fan of.”
“Different kind of deals happen, and I know that’s part of this busienss, and maybe it’ll be my failing in the end,” he says, laughing. “But it’s not something I specifically embrace with any deal that’s out there, whether it’s something else. It’s just not something I can explicitly talk to.”
The problem however is that Final Fantasy XIV, a game currently on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac, doesn’t have any exclusivity. In fact, Director/Producer of Final Fantasy XIV has told us that he would love to have the game on the Xbox One but that Microsoft’s policies don’t allow for cross platform play with PlayStation, PC and Mac users.
Yoshida stated to IGN previously that he does not want Xbox only servers and as long as this policy is in place at Microsoft, Final Fantasy XIV will not be on the platform.