Sony partners with Square Enix for Final Fantasy TV series

Live-action show to be based on FF XIV MMO

Sony Pictures Television is partnering with Square Enix to develop a live-action Final Fantasy series.

The television series will be developed alongside Hivemind, the company responsible for Netflix’s The Witcher and Amazon’s The Expanse, and tell an original story set in Eorzea, the world of MMO Final Fantasy XIV.

The series will be “inspired directly” by the world and characters of FF XIV, Sony Pictures says, with familiar faces such as central character Cid set to appear.

Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton (Winter’s Knight, The Wells Initiative) have been commissioned to write for the series and will also serve as executive producers

“Final Fantasy XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into Final Fantasy for longtime fans and newcomers alike,” said Sony Pictures Television co-president Chris Parnell.

“This show is about embracing and embodying all of the elements that have made the mythos such an endlessly captivating phenomenon, and it’s an immense honor to be bringing all of Eorzea’s iconic characters, settings, and concepts – including fan-favorites like Cid and, of course, the chocobos – to life for a television audience.”

Final Fantasy XIV was first released in 2010 and relaunched in 2013 as A Realm Reborn. According to Square Enix, the MMO has more than 16 million registered players as of 2019.

The game’s third major expansion pack, Shadowbringers, is due out in July.