Final Fantasy XVI will be a temporary exclusive to PlayStation 5 and although it has been confirmed that at some point it will come to PC, the doubt about what will happen to Xbox persists and at least at this moment the outlook is not encouraging for fans of the franchise. from Square Enix who hoped to play it on Xbox Series X | S.
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Final Fantasy XVI would be far away, almost discarded, for Xbox
Amid the reveal of previews and trailers for Final Fantasy XVI, it was inevitable to consider its absence from Xbox, especially considering that Square Enix has bypassed the platform with some of its recent releases and also the reports that indicate a checkered relationship between Microsoft and the Japanese company. Well, it seems that the expected installment is very far from Xbox because a Windows Central report revealed that Square Enix decided to reach an agreement with PlayStation because Sony’s proposal and the deal it offered was better than that of Microsoft and Xbox. .
In this regard, Square Enix would have made the decision because Sony and PlayStation offered first-rate support for its platform, PlayStation 5. At the same time, the report indicates that the console exclusivity agreement for Final Fantasy XVI will end on the last day December 2024, that is, on PC it will be seen until 2025.
Might be that Square Enix is asking for so much that it becomes impossible to find a return on investment for Xbox. PlayStation has a bigger market share so doesn’t need to pay a premium, nor do they have an Xbox Series S SKU lower-power console to invest in.
— Jez (@JezCorden) May 23, 2023
In this sense, Jez Corden, journalist and editor of Windows Central, pointed out on his Twitter account that the situation of Final Fantasy XVI and Xbox could respond to 2 situations. The first, the demands of Square Enix in financial matters that Microsoft would not have been willing to meet and the second, the Japanese company’s refusal to invest in the optimization of the game to ensure a version of Xbox Series S, a detail that ultimately plays in favor of Sony and PlayStation 5 because, as the report indicates, they are satisfied with working and focusing on the development of Final Fantasy XVI for a single platform.
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