Square Enix commits to more releases on Xbox, "whenever possible"

During today's Keynote address at the Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest 2023, alongside the announcement for the next expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail, the audience was treated to the surprise attendance of both Square Enix CEO Takashi Kiryu, as well as Microsoft's very own Phil Spencer. While today's event of course included the announcement that Final Fantasy XIV will finally grace Xbox next year, Takashi Kiryu commented "Starting with today's announcement and whenever possible we are planning to bring our games to Xbox for players to enjoy."

Following his statement, Phil Spencer stated "We look forward to building on the relationship that brought Final Fantasy XIV to Xbox and partnering with Square Enix on future games", and Naoki Yoshida - the producer of both Final Fantasy XIV and XVI - went as far as to pose a handshake between all 3 of them, with the statement "We are committed to working with Xbox going forward."


While normally statements such as these could be considered mere fluff, as someone in the audience for the announcement - they made a whole show out of the announcement and resulting handshake. Of course, Kiryu's statement makes it clear that this doesn't necessarily mean that all Square Enix games moving forward will release on the platform - though it's still a commitment to more releases on the platform, nonetheless.

Back in May, if even for a brief period the official SaGa Twitter account tweeted about a number of SaGa games that had yet to release on the Xbox platform, perhaps implying that they might see an imminent release for the system. The tweet was quickly deleted and any such ports have yet to materialize - though with Square Enix's purported renewed focus on the platform, perhaps we might see those same games launching sooner than later.