Final Fantasy 14 will be one of the first installments from the popular Japanese role-playing franchise to receive the next-generation treatment.
Taking stage at a fan event in London last night, producer and director Naoki Yoshida announced (via Wccftech) that the much-praised massively multiplayer online role-playing game is now in development for PlayStation 5.
Outside of adding that Square Enix is “hard at work” in preparing Final Fantasy 14 for the next flagship of Sony, no further details were shared. Yoshida made it sound like the ongoing development is for a new version of the game, meaning that Final Fantasy 14 will be landing on PlayStation 5 as a standalone release instead of utilizing backwards compatibility for ease.
The notion makes perfect sense as well. Square Enix would be interested in taking full advantage of the increased resources being offered by PlayStation 5. The developer would have a free hand in evolving not only the visuals of the game but also the content. Suffice to say, Final Fantasy 14 for PlayStation 5 will be largely different than the original. Square Enix may even decide on a new subtitle for clarity. The fictional realm of Eorzea is, after all, being reborn for a third time.
Final Fantasy 14 was first released for PC in 2010 and shut down soon after due to a negative reception. Square Enix had to go back to the drawing board and re-release the game in 2013 with the subtitle: A Realm Reborn, which was literally what happened. The second release was praised by critics left and right, and the praise carried forth into the expansion packs as well.
Shadowbringers is the third and most recent expansion pack that puts players on a journey to become Warriors of Darkness. Until now, it had always been about the Light. This also marks the first time that the player-base will travel beyond Hydaelyn where most of the game has taken place.
PlayStation 5 will officially launch in the holidays of 2020. Sony is yet to announce the launch lineup. However, Final Fantasy 14 will likely not be included. Square Enix will probably be looking at a release window beyond 2021.