April 23, 2006
PlayStation 3 online RPG to come from Square Enix
Final Fantasy XI’s producer Hiromichi Tanaka hinted at the possibility of a next-generation MMORPG in an interview with a Japanese news site. Tanaka mentioned that his development team may be working on a new title, which would be available on both the upcoming Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), and the next Microsoft OS, Windows Vista.
No other details about the game have been mentioned, although the intentional slip may be a sign that more details will emerge at the Electonics Entertainment Expo (E3) this May.
Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XI has been entirely successful. The game has seen tremendous success on both the Sony PlayStation 2 and the PC platform since its initial release in 2003. This week, Square Enix released Treasures of Aht Urhgan, as well as a port of the game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 (which includes all three of the game’s expansions.
Tanaka also discussed some of the reasoning behind the release of Final Fantasy XI on the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s next-generation platform, as opposed to the PS3. He said that the similarities between the Xbox 360 and Windows (on which the PC version of the game runs) allowed for a fairly easy transition to the new console, while a PS3 version of the game would need to be entirely re-developed. Since it wouldn’t be extremely profitable, or beneficial to players, to re-develop the game for the PS3, it made more sense to develop a new online RPG.
For now, Square Enix fans can only speculate about the new RPG, whether it will fall in the Final Fantasy line of titles, or if it will be completely seperate. More details will be reported here as they are made available.