Naoki Yoshida wants to collab with Blizzard to bring Diablo and WoW to Final Fantasy XIV

    
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As any Final Fantasy XIV fan can tell you, the game is known for its bevy of crossover events that range from the logical, such as crossovers with other games in the Final Fantasy series, to the unexpected, like its collaborations with Monster Hunter: World, Yo-Kai Watch, and GARO. But even those slightly less predictable crossovers ultimately make sense — all three are all immensely popular in FFXIV’s home country of Japan — but Game Director Naoki Yoshida is open to broadening those horizons.

In a recent interview with PlayStation Magazine, Yoshida discussed which non-Square Enix games he’d like to see crossing over into Eorzea, and his answers were somewhat unexpected: If he had his way, Yoshida says, he’d like to work with Blizzard to bring the Diablo and World of Warcraft universes into Final Fantasy XIV. Apparently Yoshida’s a big Blizzard fan, and he even went as far as to say, “if Blizzard ever approached [me], you know, saying, ‘Oh, hey, we want you to take the reins to develop Diablo 4,’ oh, I’m gonna drop everything I’m doing and I’m gonna go for it.” While that’s probably not exactly in the cards, it may not be too farfetched to imagine Jaina or Thrall paying a visit to Eorzea sometime down the line.

Source: PlayStation Magazine via RespawnFirst via Reddit
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Match Austin

Nah, Blizzard/Activision would never agree to it. They’d be shown up in a better game, AND have to split any profits with Squeenix. The former is unlikely, the latter….well…Hell would freeze over before Kotick lets anybody else in his pocket.

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I shared this tidbit with my FC tonight. They are not as enthusiastic for a Blizzard crossover as Yoshida is.

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Chosenxeno .

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cursedseishi

You know… As someone who is an old-school Blizzard fanboy? I’d be up for this. Maybe not so much World of Warcraft, but Diablo…? C’mon! In an expansion full of body horror and cosmic entities threatening people? Finding a decrepit church recently desecrated and inhabited by some wrinkly old man with a gift of gab wouldn’t be too out of the ordinary! And Diablo… Diablos… How fun could that be to have our intrepid band assuming that Diablos might have found some way back in, only to have to wonder who this horned wingless bugger is!

It could be a solo-thing for Trusts. And we could have Urianger and Deckard Cain just… talk… Talk for days, while everyone else is busting their butts fighting the undead and fiends. They… They just keep talking…

They’d still be talking, come the end of the expansion… talk talk talking… And when it comes time to end the crossover? Urianger gives Deckard a linkpearl… And the roaming rates and overtime on it plunges Eorzea into the first ever Umbral Calamity caused solely by bankruptcy…

Because Urianger and Cain never stopped talking…

Similarly? Yeah, I think it’d be best if they hit Warcraft in its early days rather than current. Like Warcraft 1 ‘Opening the Dark Portal’ kind of early.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Utakata

All my friends know the low rider…

…err, the thing next to the delightful Pandaren is not a Boomkin, is it? O.o

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Schlag Sweetleaf

<3 I had planned to put you in the front seat but ran into time trouble in the real world :)

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Utakata

Why thank you! And the thought counts! <3

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Not a boomkin, he’s called the Butcher , from diablo 1

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Utakata

Oh…that tell you how little I’ve played or understand that game. But it isn’t for the lack of having a phone. <.<

Thanks for explaining that anyways! :)

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Schlag Sweetleaf

i had to look up boomkin in all fairness ;p

heres a ‘lil butcher for you , i would keep him clear of the pigtails tho;)

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cursedseishi

Hey, you ain’t the only one missing things at a glance! Took me a minute to realize that was Butcher-by-way-of-Diablo 3 rather than the pixelated, low-quality scamp people might be more aware of from OG Diablo!

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Schlag Sweetleaf

good eye eishi:) here is the image that was used .the cleaver is in the trunk;p

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zoward

Mmmm… fresh meat …

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Sorenthaz

I’d love to see a collab with them but I know Blizzard will never do it since XIV is like the only real competitor to WoW right now. As amazing as it would be and as much as both parties could benefit from something like that, that just isn’t something Blizzard has ever historically done.

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Chosenxeno .

I don’t know if it’s the only real competitor. I’m almost done FFXIV MSQ for SHB so it’s my current MMORPG. That, said. ESO is pretty amazing as well and it’s doing just as good.

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Greaterdivinity

Honestly…him leading development for D4 is probably one of the only things that would give me confidence in the game right outta the gate.

Even if I don’t share his enthusiasm about those particular crossover ideas, YoshiP is still the freakin best.

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VNAIL

Isn’t this kind of disrespectful to his current employer?

He’d drop everything to go work on d4?

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Vincent Clark

More like he is admitting he is a total fan boy of Blizzard and those games in particular.

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VNAIL

While also saying he’d drop everything to work on d4.

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Utakata

…he probably has a phone too. >.>

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Chosenxeno .

Hehehe. Nicely done😁

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Pandalulz

But does it have the what, like ten different Final Fantasy mobile games on it? I need to know. Square’s like, pffft, amateurs.

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styopa

Am I the only one that checked the calendar, to make sure it isn’t April 1?

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Carlo Lacsina

Don’t you have a phone to check the date?

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Josh

I can totally see them having Jaina or Khadgar flubbing a teleportation spell and ending up in Eorzea.

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Sorenthaz

It would be Dadghar for sure. “Now please collect 1367 tomestones for me. Trust me, I did the math.”

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Josh

“I see this realm also has a temporally displaced tower. Such structures seem quite Eikonic to the realms no?”

*Horrible Pun Grin*