Square Enix in Talks With Nintendo About a Final Fantasy 15 Switch Version
The ongoing saga of will they/won’t they make a Final Fantasy 15 Switch version continues, as the Square Enix team led by Hajime Tabata is reportedly running technical tests to determine whether or not it is even possible. Despite having backtracked on a Final Fantasy 15 Switch tease less than two weeks ago, Tabata has been rather open in his discussion with Eurogamer regarding the ongoing tests. “We’re actually doing very specific technical investigations into what’s possible at the moment,” he said. “We’ve completed those tests and have worked out where the ground lies. We’re currently in the middle of the discussion and debate about what we should be doing, and how to realise that on the Switch.”
One would assume that a Final Fantasy 15 Switch version wouldn’t be possible, given the technical limitations the Nintendo Switch has in comparison with both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. That said, Tabata seems willing to put some serious work in if that’s what it will take to get the latest numbered Final Fantasy game onto the Switch. “One thing we value is to optimise the way the game plays and the experience for the individual hardware it’s on rather than a one-size fits all approach,” Tabata said. “We can’t currently announce anything – we haven’t come to a full decision on the best way to do it yet.”
We’re having very open, frank discussions with Nintendo at the moment about what they think is the best thing to do. It’s all under investigation.”
According to Tabata, the technical tests that have been run thus far were in order to see if the Final Fantasy 15 engine used on the other consoles would work on the Nintendo Switch. “We tried to run it there, the results weren’t satisfactory,” he said. As such, the Square Enix team is now looking at some options outside the box, such as customizing the game engine. “We’re talking to Epic at the moment, about maybe what we could possibly do there, and if we did a Switch version maybe we’d be able to partner and do something there. Their Unreal environment is just amazing, and will be very useful. You have to have all those options on the table – without that it’d be impossible to make a decision about what we can do on that platform.”
Final Fantasy 15 is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Recently, Square Enix announced that both a Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition and a Final Fantasy Pocket Edition are in development.
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