Hiromichi Tanaka revealed that Final Fantasy XIV was going to move into the beta phase soon – closing the current alpha phase and moving in more people to participate. Although Tanaka didn’t go into specifics, like which platform, or if both versions, will be participating.
Tanaka said that both version are still on track for a 2010 release. He believes that Final Fantasy XIV will succeed because, unlike most modern MMOs, Final Fantasy MMOs don’t have any influence from World of Warcraft. He says with Final Fantasy XIV they are shooting for a different audience.
Tanaka also went into more details about the trouble they have had with trying to work out something with Microsoft for a 360 version of Final Fantasy XIV. It’s actually pretty similar to what someone in the comments said yesterday about the “no plans” comment.
Tanaka says that the Xbox Live network is “closed,” and says it 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. ”
Square-Enix isn’t giving up, but it doesn’t seem the future is too bright. “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.”
Shame, but I’ve always enjoyed Square-Enix’s philosophy where they want multiple consoles and countries to come together online. Unfortunately, sometimes it alienates entire platforms with more closed infrastructures.