Final Fantasy XIV will require a Game Pass Core subscription to play on Xbox
It has been confirmed that to play Final Fantasy XIV's Xbox Series X/S port, players will need to subscribe to Xbox's subscription service, unlike on PlayStation platforms.
Ahead of its open beta beginning February 21, Square Enix has confirmed that those who want to play the full game when it is released will need to have both an active FFXIV subscription and a Game Pass Core (formerly Xbox Live Gold) subscription.
The subscription is not required to play the open beta or Free Trial version of the game, but those who want to access the rest of the game need to shell out a bit more. FFXIV's monthly subscription costs $14.99, and when combined with Game Pass Core's $9.99 monthly fee, those looking to play the game could be charged up to nearly $25 per month. This can be reduced to $17.98 if players opt for a year of Core and 180 days of FFXIV.
Even though multiplayer games require PlayStation Plus since the PS4's release, it has never been required for FFXIV, leaving fans perplexed as to why Xbox players are forced to pay for Microsoft's service. It could be linked to Sony's policy of making free-to-play games available to non-subscription holders, with FFXIV's subscription handled via Square Enix's MogStation service rather than the PS Store.
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