Oh, ho, ho! I thought I’d get away without having to report any further MMO news tonight, but I was wrong, baby. At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Sony is pushing two main technologies: their brand new Move controller and 3D television entertainment. The company loves their montage trailers and sandwiched smack dab in the middle of the one for the latter — between Minna No Golf (Hot Shots Golf)5 and Metal Gear Solid: Rising — was a new trailer for Final Fantasy XIV.
Now, it should be noted that some of these games (this one included) were cited as “tech demos,” which means that this footage is only an indication of what it might look like if the full game supports it. If this is something Square-Enix is actually planning to implement, then this may be part of the reason why Final Fantasy XIV was delayed on the console in the first place. While some games, like World of Warcraft, are compatible with NVIDIA’s 3D Vision system, this would be the first time a MMO is being released with the technology in mind. That said, there seem to be no current plans to adapt it for the PC version that’s just about to hit retail, though you could probably use NVIDIA’s setup in lieu of an official patch.
Of course, taking advantage of it depends as much on Square-Enix’s plans as whether or not you’ve bled your wallet dry on a 3D television yet, which few people have. Still, MMOs tend to stick around for a long time, and that means that by the time they come down in price, FFXIV might still be relevant.
Either way, Sony seems to be giving it a nice, hard shove, with most of their platform’s leading games on board (Gran Turismo 5 and Disaster Report 4 will, for sure) and the Playstation 3 itself supporting the technology from the get-go (if you have an older system, it’s already been patched in through the firmware updated). No fuss, no muss, and that means if you’re prepared to wear a pair of polarized glasses for hours on end, you too might one day experience the joy of Moogles in the third dimension.