In a lengthy interview with Naoki Yoshida, Producer and Director of Final Fantasy XIV, the developer informed RPGSite that the team was looking into bringing the game to other platforms.
“Not just the Vita, but also smartphones, so that kind of access will be allowed. 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. Those are the things we are laying for in our server foundation, so we can be ready to implement those after 2.0.”
An interesting way to supplement console and PC versions, using handheld devices to buy and sell stuff on the go, but the Xbox360 is also in the talks.
“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.”
I can only give credit to a studio that wants to concentrate on fixing the game for existing platforms before expanding it to new ones. With the big update on its way, looks like Final Fantasy XIV has a bright future ahead of itself.