At the end of 2019, Microsoft announced 10 Final Fantasy games would come to Game Pass the following year. At the beginning of 2021, most are still missing, although Microsoft says they will come in the end.
During the X019 livestream event in London near the end of 2019, Microsoft announced a bunch of great games comes to its Netflix-like subscription library Game Pass. These new games, which included everyone Final Fantasy from VII to XV (excluding MMO), was said to arrive “this holiday and in 2020.” As of now, almost 14 months later, only Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX, and XV has been added. Reddit is full of threads from players asking when the rest will finally come. That’s a real bummer considering Final Fantasy XIII looks spectacular on newer hardware, and spin-offs are ripe for rediscovery.
In a statement to TrueAchievements, a Microsoft spokesperson did not acknowledge the apparent delays, but said the other Final Fantasy games are still on their way to coming to Game Pass one day. “As we announced on X019, we are happy to include Final Fantasy franchise for players with Xbox Game Pass, ”said the spokesman. “We have done it through 2020 and will continue to do so in 2021 and beyond. We look forward to announcing specific launch dates for more Final Fantasy titles in the future. ”
Square Enix has spent the last few years restructuring some of the older ones Final Fantasy games and port them to new platforms. Final Fantasy X, first released on PS2 back in 2001, was remastered for PS3 and Vita in 2013, and finally ported to the Xbox and Nintendo Switch in early 2019. More recently, Square released an excellent remaster of Final Fantasy XII.
Although both can be purchased on Xbox One and Series X / S, neither is on Game Pass yet. This is easy to understand given that they are still potentially in high demand and also play well on the switch. After a year of waiting to play them on Game Pass, I almost decided to buy them for the third time on Nintendo’s handheld over the holidays. I regretted it though, and went back to playing Final Fantasy X on my Vita. Hopefully I still do not face the same confusion next Christmas.