The Quest Log: August 29, 2017

A lot’s happened since last Friday’s post, Huddies. I finished Nier: Automata’s Ending E for one, and it blew my mind. If you’re a Heads Up Display listener, then you already know our love for that game around here. And if you’re not, then make sure you hit up. Oh, and while I haven’t been able to stop talking about Nier, there’s been lots of news happening, too. Check out our highlights below:

Absolutely, yeah. We’re talking to Sony [about crossplay], we do partner with them on Minecraft and of course we would like to enable them to be part of that; one community, to unite gamers. So we’re talking to them and we’re hopeful that they’ll be supportive of it.

— Aaron Greenburg

Microsoft in talks with Sony regarding cross-platform play

As we’ve reported before Sony’s been generally reluctant to open up PSN to cross-platform play with Xbox gamers. While there are at least a handful of titles on PlayStation 4 with some cross-platform support like Rocket League, support is typically limited to PC and PS4 players. That said, Gamereactor UK asked Microsoft’s Aaron Greenburg if they were still pursuing cross-platform support with Sony, he responded: “Absolutely, yeah… and we’re hopeful they’ll be supportive of it.”

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition will support Steam Workshop… and nude mods

Based on PCGamer’s recent interview with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata, it sounds like Square Enix is taking the upcoming PC port of the JRPG very seriously and embracing many of the aspects that the platform’s fans love. Naturally, that includes modding, which is a tradition in PC gaming almost as old as the medium. Final Fantasy XV’s Steam version–although PCGamer also confirmed the game would launch on Origin–will support Steam Workshop for nearly effortless modding.

When asked about the potential for nude mods (which are also nearly as old as PC gaming), Tabata’s response was refreshingly pro-consumer. “What’s stronger in my mind,” he told PCGamesN, “is the fact that I don’t want to limit people too much… These people–it’s a thing they’ve bought, it’s their game now.” It’s worth noting that nude mods were developed for the PC ports of the Final Fantasy XIII games and that at least some of the textures already existed in-game.

Nudity aside, it’s awesome to see Final Fantasy embracing the modding community like this.

Miiverse shutting down on November 8

Nintendo’s Japanese Twitter account revealed today that its Miiverse service would be shutting down on November 8. Miiverse tied not only into the WiiU, which has been rendered obsolete with the launch of the Switch, but also the 3DS and was the only means with which to socially interact with certain games including Mario Maker. While I wasn’t able to find confirmation that the service’s termination in Japan would necessarily mean its end in the west, most of the chatter on social media seems to indicate as much.