20 September 2017 - 19:14

Square Enix looking into full port of Final Fantasy 15 on Switch

Despite complications, director Hajime Tabata wants Final Fantasy 15 on Switch.
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Getting Final Fantasy 15 on the Nintendo Switch may be a challenging journey, but it's one Square Enix hopes to accomplish. Game director Hajime Tabata announced to Eurogamer this week that the Final Fantasy team is interested in bringing the full console version of the game onto the Switch.

Square Enix has already run several tests to figure out the Nintendo Switch's capabilities with regard to Final Fantasy 15, and the crew has spoken with Nintendo about the various possibilities. That means a Switch release may be coming in the near future.

"We're actually doing very specific technical investigations into what's possible at the moment," Tabata explained to Eurogamer. "Where we are at this moment—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 realize that on the Switch."

There are some technical difficulties involved, however. The Switch doesn't play well with the original console engine, so Square Enix may have to further modify its programming to improve how the game runs on the Switch. Tabata revealed that Square Enix is even speaking to Epic Games to figure out if Unreal would be a good fit for a Switch version.

"Their Unreal environment is just amazing, and will be very useful," he said. "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."

For now though, Final Fantasy fans on the Nintendo Switch will have to wait. Because the company is still looking into options, there's no way Square Enix can come up with a release date or any preliminary details.

"We can't currently announce anything—we haven't come to a full decision on the best way to do it yet," Tabata told Eurogamer. "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."

Until then, Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition launches on PC in early 2018. There's also an episodic mobile release, Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition, slated for later this fall.

H/T Eurogamer

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