Square Enix has said that Final Fantasy XIV is not coming to the Xbox 360, and blamed the decision squarely on Microsoft’s own infrastructure. Claiming that the 360 is too “closed” for the upcoming MMO, Square Enix has confirmed that XIV will remain exclusive to the PS3 on consoles. For now, anyway.
“The main reason why we couldn’t go with Xbox 360 was the Xbox Live system,” explained game director Hiromichi Tanaka. “[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.
“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.”
That’s our Microsoft, screwing its consoles and customers out of one of the biggest markets in this industry, just because it wants to act like a big grasping Fagin over the realm of online gaming. Keep on trucking!
“Closed” Xbox Live Blocked FFXIV [Eurogamer]