2019's been quite the year for fans of Final Fantasy 14, and it seems like Square Enix is poised to keep the good times rolling into the next generation. According to a fan in attendance at a Final Fantasy 14 event in London, director and producer Naoki Yoshida has indicated that the MMORPG will be released on the PlayStation 5.
The word from Yoshida comes via @FFUKFans on Twitter, who was present at today's official Fan Gathering held by Square Enix. Hopefully this isn't a case of a misheard statement or mixed-up Roman numerals:
We have reached out to Square Enix to ask whether or not the company can confirm Final Fantasy 14 is indeed coming to the PlayStation 5. USgamer did not receive a response by the time of publication.
Yoshida is head of Square Enix's Third Development Division, which is currently working on an unannounced "core" project for the next generation that some hope will be Final Fantasy 16. Earlier this month, new job postings for the Third Development Division were accompanied by what appears to be concept art for the upcoming title.
A release on the PlayStation 5 would see Final Fantasy 14 spanning three generations on consoles, having originally been released on the PlayStation 3 in 2010. Last week at X019, Phil Spencer told Eurogamer that Microsoft is working with Square Enix and Yoshida, and that together they "will be bringing [Final Fantasy 14] to Xbox" to join the large collection of Final Fantasy titles heading to Game Pass.
Final Fantasy 14's enjoyed a fairly blessed second act since the relaunch with A Realm Reborn in 2013, and this past year has given players the excellent Shadowbringers expansion and even a Nier: Automata raid. In our Shadowbringers review, Reviews Editor Mike Williams says now's the time for Final Fantasy fans to try 14 if they haven't—if the MMORPG does make the leap to the next generation of consoles, it seems well-positioned to have its third act bring in even more players.