Yoshi P says he wants to put old pixel Final Fantasy games in FFXIV: Here’s how they’d do it

A game within a game!

The Final Fantasy XIV Fan Fest 2023 in Las Vegas was a great event for reveals, with FFXIV players getting details on the new expansion, Dawntrail, and the next major patch 6.5. But the multiple panels and shows were also filled with some incredible insights. One of these was the fact that FFXIV lead producer and director Naoki “Yoshi P” Yoshida wants to put some of the older Final Fantasy games into FFXIV.

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As part of a press conference Q&A, Yoshida was asked about the potential of including older Final Fantasy titles into the game. And Yoshi P wasn’t just positive about the idea. He said his team had been working on it: "We've been trying or attempting this since about a year and a half ago. With the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series coming out, we also thought that wouldn't it be cool if we can play that in Gold Saucer or have it in our [in-game housing] estate to play with?"

This sounds like a pretty crazy idea to put a whole game inside another game. But it could work. There’s already a dedicated space for minigames in player’s Adventurers' Guild rooms called the Toy Chest. This has a half dozen mini games in it right now, and there’s likely room for more. 

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What’s more, the original FFVI (FFIII in the US) was just 2.19 megabytes, which makes it less memory than a single piece of glamour in the game. Even the pixel remasters are only a few gigabytes, so it’s not hard to imagine seeing the entirety of an old-school Final Fantasy game inside the game.

Final Fantasy XIV is sometimes compared to being a themepark for Final Fantasy fans, as well as an MMO. While it has its own story and identity, it borrows heavily from the other games in the series, with some parts of the game cribbing from the Ivalice series, while bosses like Golbez and his Archfiends, Scarmiglione, Cagnazzo, and even the Tower of Zot and Magus Sisters are lifted straight from Final Fantasy IV. Not to mention the crossover events with other Final Fantasy titles.

So what better way than putting some of the Final Fantasy titles in Final Fantasy XIV? We’re hoping they get implemented as furnishing items. Perhaps some kind of craftable magitek arcade cabinet? There are a lot of ways Square Enix could implement this. We’ll just have to see how they do it!

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Michael Hassall
Michael lives in the UK, but wishes he lived in Eorzea. A life-long gamer, Four years ago, he ditched a "real" job to write about video games for a living, and hasn't looked back. When not guiding players how to get the latest mounts, crafting recipes, and in-game goodies, he spends his time nurturing an unhealthy addiction to MMOs and gacha games.

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