Final Fantasy Director Naoki Yoshida Hopes to See FF XIV On PS5

By Heidi Nicholas,
Fans and news outlets were excited after it seemed that Final Fantasy Director Naoki Yoshida had confirmed that the hugely popular MMO Final Fantasy XIV was coming to PS5, whilst speaking at a Final Fantasy fan event. However, Square Enix have since clarified Yoshida's statements, and it seems that excitement was a bit too premature.

Yoshida attended and spoke at a small fan event in London. The Final Fantasy UK Twitter account posted about the event, and noted that he discussed the future of FF XIV. There seemed to be a misunderstanding about Yoshida's statements, where it was thought that he confirmed that FF XIV will be on PS5. Square Enix have since clarified this misunderstanding, and their statement has been quoted on Wccftech: "While not a confirmation, Yoshida-san expressed a hope that FINAL FANTASY XIV Online may one day appear on the next generation of Sony console."

It's not all bad news, though; this is still promising for those hoping to see FF XIV on the PS5. Since it's the Director of the Final Fantasy franchise who's expressing this hope, it can be seen as more than likely that it'll happen. Plus, it would make sense to see FF XIV on PlayStation's next-gen console. FF XIV may have had a rocky start after it was shut down in 2010, and then relaunched in its newer form in 2013 for the PS3 and the PC, and on the PS4 in 2014, but it's since become massively popular. It's merely grown in popularity, and, as the turnout at the FF XIV event and the response to Yoshida's comments show, its fan base is more dedicated than ever. It would seem a natural choice to carry that popularity and that loyal fan base over to the PS5.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!