FFXIV is officially the first Final Fantasy to ship to China

Did you know that not one Final Fantasy game has ever been released in China? Apparently not, but that is about to change.

Shanda Games have reportedly put pen to paper with Square Enix in a deal to release Final Fantasy XIV in China. Shanda will be hosting the servers and localise the MMO. Square Enix president, Yoichi Wada had this to say: “The media entertainment markets are increasingly becoming more and more global in nature. Under this environment, we are speeding up our globalisation strategy aimed at transforming our group into a truly world-class enterprise. Through this partnership with Shanda Games, a company with great success in online game operations in China, we are taking an important step in increasing the reach of high quality content from the Square Enix Group to even more customers around the world.”

Alan Tan, CEO of Shanda is certain that the in-house game development team is well-qualified to assist in the localization of Final Fantasy XIV to the China market and with Chada’s “strong sales and marketing capabilities and extensive game operation platform can provide access to the broad audience of Chinese gamers.”