Twenty-five years ago, Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals released as an anime OVA sequel to Final Fantasy V. Since then, the series has appeared in long and short films, but no TV show has ever spawned since — until now. Final Fantasy XIV, the beloved MMO, is getting a live-action TV series from Sony Pictures Television and Hivemind. (Hivemind is the producer of the The Witcher Netflix series.)
The story of the show will center on “the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict.” Sony Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell said the following about the announcement:
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.
They are further promising magitek, beastmen, airships, and chocobos. It really sounds like it checks all the boxes for a Final Fantasy XIV game. This series will be written by Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton, whose credits include Winter’s Knight and The Wells Initiative (which, admittedly, I’ve never heard of). What network/platform the show will land on and when it will launch are unannounced.
Although I’ve never played Final Fantasy XIV, (Square would love to see it on Switch.) I have to admit it’s probably the best game in the series to adapt for live-action television. The reason is that XIV is really just a giant stirring pot for elements beloved from virtually every entry in the franchise. There’s something for everybody in here somewhere.
What do you make of this big announcement? Surprised, certainly. But are you happy about what you’re hearing or disappointed that XIV was chosen over another entry? Let us know down below!