Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XI has graced the networks of the PC, PS2, and Xbox 360. As you can tell there are a lot of ways to play the game, except however, on the PlayStation 3. However, the Final Fantasy XI development team confirmed today that they were looking into releasing a PlayStation 3 version, until a rocky road had stopped their intentions.
At first, Square Enix was “in talks with a representative from Sony [to achieve this], but it appears that that person quit,” stated Final Fantasy XI producer Hiromichi Tanaka. She went on to explain why it’s more complicated to make the PS2 version work than simply releasing a patch for the PS3. “[Current] PS3s don’t have PS3-side PS2 emulation, and it doesn’t look like Sony has any plans to address that issue. For that kind of thing to even be conceivable, it would have to be on a disc. Digital downloads wouldn’t work for this. The disc has to be in the system for the emulator to work.”
Reasons why the discussion with Sony didn’t continue were not mentioned.