Final Fantasy XIV, the popular fantasy MMORPG, will be the basis of a new live-action television series from Sony Pictures Television and Hivemind, the production company behind The Expanse and the upcoming Witcher Netflix series. According to a press release, the series will tell an original story set in Eorzea, the land of magic and adventure in which the online game takes place.
The series will tell the story of “the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict.” It will include plenty of elements from the game, including “magitek and beastmen, airships and chocobos.” Most importantly, the series will “feature a mixture of new and familiar faces.”
The character Cid, a major staple of the franchise who has appeared in every main installment of the series, will make his live-action debut in the new show as well.
“Final Fantasy XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateway into Final Fantasy for longtime fans and newcomers alike,” said Sony Pictures Television Co-President Chris Parnell. “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.”
“Television is the ideal medium to capture the extraordinary depth, sophisticated themes, and unparalleled imagination of Final Fantasy and its multitude of unique and fully realized characters,” said Jason Brown, Hivemind Co-Founder and Co-President. “We are working tirelessly to bring together artists from around the world who are united in honoring the extraordinary legacy of this franchise and its millions of fans around the world.”
No production start date or release date was given during the announcement. We assume the project is still a few years away. We’ll keep you informed as we learn more.