Final Fantasy XIV has cross-play across PlayStation 4 and PC, but director Naoki Yoshida says Microsoft restrictions are holding up support (or a port) on Xbox One. That’s especially notable, since Final Fantasy XI was a cross-platform pioneer years earlier, letting players join up across PS2, Xbox 360, and PC, and that Sony has been the most reticent cross-play supporter in the past.

“Two months ago, I discussed with Phil Spencer,” Yoshida tells Wccftech. “I have explained this before, but we are prepared to do crossplay at any time. There are two regulations for Microsoft which stand in the way of making cross-play feasible. Simply speaking, an FPS-style game has no issues with those two regulations. If we had made an FPS game then we would already have crossplay.”

The translation is a bit rough, but Yoshida says there are two main restrictions. One is that “players with different platforms cannot chat with each other in-game.” The other is that “you cannot make a community with plays on a different platform. You can’t form a guild, you can’t enter into a link shell, and no free company.”

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