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Posted to Twitter by Genki_JPN, the controller appears to be an Xbox Elite Controller with a chatpad attached, although Sakaguchi says he removed most of the buttons so he doesn’t hit one by mistake.
Final Fantasy 14 FanFest is currently taking place from London’s Excel Center.
It was announced earlier this year that the massively popular MMO would finally come to Xbox in 2024.
According to Xbox, the Series X version of the game will support 4K graphics, while both the Series X and Series S versions will benefit from fast loading times.
This means players will be able to play through the entirety of the base game A Realm Reborn, as well as its first two expansions Heavensward and Stormblood, up to level 70 with no restrictions on playtime.
Once players reach level 70, they’ll then have to pay a monthly fee to continue playing the game.
While the game is mainly an online multiplayer adventure, Square Enix has been implementing a system called Duty Support, which lets players take on content with a party of NPC allies instead of real players.
According to Xbox, by the time the game’s open beta launches the Duty Support system will cover all the main story dungeons from A Realm Reborn and the four current expansions, meaning players will be able to play through the main story content solo.
The news marks the end of a lengthy effort by Xbox boss Phil Spencer to bring Final Fantasy 14 to Xbox consoles.