Final Fantasy XI for Xbox?

According to Nikkei Computer, Square has signed with Microsoft as a third party developer and is currently developing FFXI for the Xbox.

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Square has signed on to develop games for the Microsoft's Xbox, according to Nikkei Computer. The report claims that the company is currently developing Final Fantasy XI for the Xbox. Insiders say that Square received development kits for the Xbox last summer, but because Microsoft had not revealed the Xbox's final specs at that time and because the user's manual for the development kit was only in English, it made the process somewhat difficult for Square.

"We currently can't confirm or deny that information. Acquiring Final Fantasy, one of the most popular video game series, is indeed one of our primary goals," said Naoto Yoshioka, Microsoft's advanced technology group manager for the Xbox. "We will indeed be happy if Square announces its development for the Xbox."

Meanwhile, Square's PR representative commented, "No official announcements have been made concerning our company signing for Microsoft's Xbox as a third-party developer. We cannot comment regarding the development of Final Fantasy for the Xbox."

Final Fantasy XI for the PS2 will be released sometime in the summer of 2001. No official announcements have been made on the Xbox version at this time, but one could come as early as next week. GameSpot News will keep you posted on the latest developments.

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