Square Enix Wants To Bring Old MMO To The PS Vita (Wait, What?)

Square Enix Wants To Bring Old MMO To The PS Vita (Wait, What?)
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Never one to shy away from porting a game, Square Enix talked about doing just that in the latest issue of Japanese game mag Famitsu. The choice, this time is rather odd.

According to Square Enix’s Hiromichi Tanaka, the Tokyo-based game maker is considering whether or not to bring a straight Final Fantasy XI port to the PS Vita. There are currently no concrete plans.

Tanaka apparently also added that due to the PS3’s unique characteristics, it’s difficult to port games to Sony’s home console.

Final Fantasy XI was originally released in Japan on the PS2 in 2002. A PS Vita port could be interesting, but really Square Enix, another handheld port?

Tanaka is a Final Fantasy vet, who worked on the first title. He was one of the lead designers on FFXI and was the producer for Square Enix’s latest MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV until last December. Surely you remember how that turned out.

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  • Ah Square-Enix these days. They really need to restore the former glory of the Final Fantasy name. I’m not saying that I necessarily hate them, but they have disappointed me over the past year or so. Perhaps Square-Enix should put their time and energy on something else more worthwhile other than a FFXI port? And by worthwhile I don’t mean a FF7 remake, since that’s an over-rated request.

  • Considering I have recently rediscovered FFXI and am hooked to its new content, and considering I had no previous intentions of getting a PS Vita.

    This could be a game changer for me in persuading me to grab a PS Vita.

    The ability to play a MMO from a handheld, is extremely enticing.

    Especially considering the amount of daily commuting I have to endure (4+ hours).

  • Square Enix is huge, so if the content is already there, I don’t see an issue with porting. Especially if Final Fantasy XI Vita will just be the story elements in a single player campaign, since that’s the only way I’d ever play XI.

    • The story elements of FFXI probably wouldn’t make for much of a game. It would have to be a port of the actual MMO or the production costs would be too high.

      In any case, how often do you see a full fledged MMO on a handheld?

      If you want your single player FF experience, I am sure you will be able to get it in another form.

      FFXI content is still streaming out from the developer, despite the games age. The newer content (Abyssea) has been a lot more casual friendly, and to be quite frank, a lot more fun.

  • Squeenix stinks at making MMOs. FFIV was so goddamn buggy they stopped taking money for it while they cleaned it up. No self-respecting dev would push out such a hunk of garbage.

    How does an MMO even work on the move? Sure, ONE version of the PS Vita has 3G, but that just fragments their player base. And what about how goddamn choppy Australia’s 3G network is? How long would the battery last? An hour?

    If all these things are hurdles that can’t be overcome, then what, you’ll sit at home on Wi-Fi spending half the time plugged into the AC adapter? THEN WHAT’S THE POINT OF PUTTING AN MMO ON A HANDHELD.

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