Why are there weird ghost creatures roaming around the countryside of Square’s most recent MMO? Yo-Kai is why.
Square-Enix and Level-5 Games announced today they’ve arranged for a little crossover. Characters from Level-5’s Yo-Kai Watch, huge in Japan, will be appearing in Final Fantasy XIV as minions (creatures you can keep as pets in the game). You’ll also be able to find Yo-Kai-specific items within the game, such as weapons, a flying Whisper mount and even a Yo-Kai Watch itself.
If the US and European versions of Final Fantasy XIV end up getting this update, it’ll mark the first time the Yo-Kai characters have appeared on consoles in those regions. The first Yo-Kai Watch game, for 3DS, was translated and released in the US late last year. In Japan they’re nearly up to the third one.
The crossover will also go both ways! In the aforementioned third Yo-Kai game, set to launch next July in Japan, you’ll be able to encounter Chocobo and Moogle Yo-Kai, renamed Chocobonyan and Mooglinyan respectively.
It is currently unknown if this crossover will take place outside Japan. Rights issues is what it will come down to.