Final Fantasy XIV PS3 to be shown this summer

Square Enix to host limited time PS3 beta.

June 11, 2012 / 01:16 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Square Enix is planning on showing off the PlayStation 3 version of Final Fantasy XIV sometime this summer, producer and director Naoki Yoshida has said. 

“Right now it’s optimized for PC. We’re about 50% into the development of the PS3 version, but it’s [the PC version's visuals] pretty much how it’s going to look on the console as well,” Yoshida told PlayStation Blog. “It uses the same new graphics engine we built just for this game. This summer we’ll have an opportunity to show the PS3 version.”

The publisher believes that the upcoming 2.0 update to the title “can be considered the next real Final Fantasy game in the series” due to its inclusion of the series’ three pillars: high quality gameplay, great storyline and beautiful graphics.

“We’ll have some Final Fantasy staples as well, like chocobos, moogles and summons,” Yoshida added. “But what is a little bit different is that these summons are like demigods in this world, so they´re really powerful, and it’ll take cooperation of all the players to fight these battles.

“And on top of that, there´s our MMORPG community, which will consist of both PC players and also the PS3 players all over the world.”

PlayStation 3 owners shouldn’t expect anything extra for their wait. Because PlayStation 3 and PC players will be playing in the same world, Square “can’t give either group something special.” However, both groups can switch between PlayStation 3 and PC on the fly, should they feel like changing the mood.

But what about PlayStation 3 players who have never played a massively-multiplayer online game? How does Square intend to attract that audience?

“We know that a lot of console players never played an MMO and they may be scared by not knowing what to do,” said Yoshida, “and we want to stress that it’s very similar to an offline Final Fantasy that always had great stories, made you cry, changed your life. There will be a beta for a limited time where people will be able to try it out. And an additional factor to bring in console games are graphics: something of this quality you can’t have in any MMO title.”

If you missed the first screenshots of the 2.0 update at E3 last week, catch them here.

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  • FearMonkey

    woot! Hope I get into the PS3 beta. :)

  • Miranda Lawson

    I wonder if it will be free to play, I guess it doesn’t really matter to me anyways because my internet connection isn’t the best. Never really liked playing online games anyway.

    • FearMonkey

      @Miranda Lawson: PC version isn’t so the PS3 version won’t be either.

      • Miranda Lawson

        @FearMonkey: Really? That is great news!

        • FearMonkey

          @Miranda Lawson: I hope I was clear. The PC version isn’t free-to-play which means the PS3 version won’t be free-to-play either. Just wanted to make sure you’re happy for the right reasons. :p

          • rockman29

            @FearMonkey: I wish FF XIV was free to play… I would be all over it.

          • Miranda Lawson

            @FearMonkey: Sorry, read it wrong.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    My body is ready.

    The way they mentioned the beta, it sounds like it will be open to everyone on PSN.

    /fingers crossed.

  • Locksus

    Awesome news! I hope this version will be better than the initial version that was.. kind of incomplete.

  • NCloud

    I’ll believe it when I see it SE….

  • vertical09

    Awesome, hopefully it isn’t just for SE members or something.

  • Zero

    You will probably have to look for and sign up for the beta test. The game is currently not free to play. They do plan a free trial and it works more or less like any other mmorpg you buy. (You get to play it for free for the first few weeks/month.)

    I’ve expressed my concerns for 2.0, but I truly want it to succeed!

    I have played the current XIV quite a bit and still have an active account. I have been unable to play since earlier in the year, but as anyone who has played the game or is will tell you, they do have some obstacles to hurdle, and some tough decisions to make.

    The hard part really comes down to one question. How do you make the game fair for new players, without stripping long time players of just about everything?

    I have faith in the team with Yoshida-san at the helm. He has done some amazing work since picking up the game after the old dev team bowed out.

    I hope for the best, but if I learned one thing with the launch of XIV… it was to not set my hopes to high.

  • rockman29

    I hope they succeed with 2.0. They might even bring it to PS4 after also, like FF XI was on 360.

    It’d be great if PS4 had PlanetSide 2 and FF XIV, would speak wonders for a new console launch.

  • stealth20k

    please its not a pillar