Final Fantasy XV Director is “Very Interested” in Nintendo Switch

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While Square Enix has pledged support to the Nintendo Switch as a third party developer like we all expected, the publisher currently has nothing announced for the newly unveiled hybrid console. That might change soon, however, if a tease from Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata is anything to go by.

In an interview with French outlet GameBlog (via LuigiBlood), Tabata teased up his excitement for the console:

“I’m very interested in this machine! As a player, but also as a developer,” Tabata said. “The Nintendo Switch that you can transform into a controller, that you can put into a dock, that you can move around with, on which you can replace elements.”

He continued praising the system, saying he’s excited at the opportunity to develop games for the console:

“It’s been a while that I’ve told myself that I would like to make games on a Nintendo machine, so if the Nintendo Switch could be that opportunity, I’ll be delighted!”

Could we be seeing Final Fantasy XV on the Nintendo Switch? Sound off in the comments below if you’d like to see that happen!

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  • Tristan (Chili1)

    I don’t expect to see FFXV on the Switch since it probably is too much for the machine, but maybe some FF spinoffs like Tabata is used to doing. Maybe a sequel to Type-0?

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    “It’s been a while that I’ve told myself that I would like to make games on a Nintendo machine”

    God damn, shots fired!

  • Zanard Bell

    Ubisoft said the same exact thing to the WiiU.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Ubisoft probably had the best western third party support for the Wii U funnily enough, though that isn’t really saying much.

  • QFrog

    Wouldn’t mind seeing some FF titles on the Switch, if the system can run them.

  • Mr0303

    Sure, why not. He’d have to port FFXV to the Switch. If it’s a new game I doubt it would even make the Switch 2.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    So they want to put their product on a system where they will most likely have to censor it?

  • Neojames82

    Yeah, don’t expect a mainline Final Fantasy game for it. They haven’t done one for a Nintendo console in years.

  • Travis Touchdown

    They also haven’t made a good Final Fantasy in years.

  • Travis Touchdown

    No… that’s not how it works.

  • Travis Touchdown

    It’s beginning. Expect third party games to sell the most on Switch due to it’s unique feature. PS4 may have sold a lot of units, but that won’t amount to much if people stop buying games for it altogether. In fact, it could ruin them… they’ll be forced into a position where they’ll have to make drastic changes to their hardware that won’t catch on.

    PS4 Pro was supposed to be their answer to Switch, but Switch pulled the rug out from under them.

  • Smug

    I’m expecting nothing but another gen of failures from all sides

  • DrearierSpider

    Pfft, FFXV struggles to stay at 20-25 fps on PS4/XB1, can’t imagine how gimped his games will on this piece of junk.

  • Nagato

    That’s kinda delusional.

    That being said, I do expect the vast majority of Jap third parties on Switch simply because they have no where else to publish their games on instead.

  • DrearierSpider
  • Nagato

    If anything, I’m hoping that the reality of needing to make games run on a handheld as well – although admittedly one that seems pretty powerful – means that the Elevens will stop attempting create games that are beyond their capabilities, like XV here.

  • True Goddess Reincarnation

    world of final fantasy says hi

  • Feniks

    Yep. It’s not a conspiracy. Publishers do try. But Nintendo console owners only play Nintendo games on their system.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I’m not sure I would really agree with that honestly, there was a lot of funny business going on with Wii U ports, even from Ubisoft with Rayman Legends (and Watch Dogs where they did they same thing in reverse). It’s not a conspiracy, but it certainly reeked of half-assedness.

    Just a few examples: Mass Effect 3 releasing right next to a PS3/360 trilogy compilation at the same price, Sniper Elite 2 coming out a year later while missing the co-op mode and all DLC despite being full price, no DLC for CoD and Deus Ex being $20 more expensive.

    I don’t think it’s a case of Nintendo fans simply not wanting to buy third-party games and more a case of Nintendo doing fuck-all to advertise the system so barely anyone bought it and the few who did weren’t overly impressed with the shady tactics. I think if the Switch does reasonably well enough and third parties put a little bit more effort in the ports will do fine.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I expect nothing less from Travis.

    And yeah, this thing doubling as a handheld means it has a better chance of being 3DS than Wii U. Probably the most positive thing to take from the reveal.

  • Jon Turner

    Difficult to predict, but it might be more challenging to do given the game’s technological circumstances. Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy VII:remake both stand a much better chance since both are on UE4 and Switch IS running that natively.

  • Jon Turner

    This game, probably not, although it WOULD be great if it could but KH3 and FFVII:Remake? Sure. Both are on UE4, the system runs UE4.

  • docblack59

    I don’t think it will run as well. Will most likely take a hit to visuals and frame rate will be just as bad as PS4 and XB1

  • Evja

    Maybe FFTA3?

  • Ankoku Tou

    You never really seem to be out of doublespeak, aren’t you?

    In the case of Beth Soft,
    “hurr BotW btfo’d FO/TES.” (Even though both games play completely different)
    Then radio silence when Beth Soft was announced as a partner, though that Skyrim footage they showed isn’t even a confirmed title.

    In the case of SE,
    “hurr, SE is will be totally out of business after FF15.”
    Then director of said game merely hints at interest.

    “PS4 Pro was supposed to be their answer to Switch”
    Maybe in your ever deluded head. Looks more like a counter to the Scorpio as both Sony’s and Microsoft’s announcements were close to each other.
    And where was Ninty in all of this?
    In the shadows, citing “we don’t want our competitors stealing ideas”, but hey, let’s not forget about that Chinese tablet that preceded the Switch.

    So tell me, how is the Switch supposed to “pull the rug” on Sony and Microsoft. If….
    1. No details of specs until Jan 2017
    2. No details of pricing until Jan 2017
    3. Not even a list of confirmed games, all but a Koei strategy title that has been a staple on Sony platforms and has been recently ported to the PC. You’re one to talk about Sony/Steam getting a visual novel, never mind the fact that said VN is also on the DS/3DS. And the reality now is that the Switch’s only confirmed 3rd party title is a hands-me-down from Sony/PC.

    I wonder how do people get excited over something with a lack of information or detail on the system.

    And to be frank, the Switch is a game dev nightmare. It presents a conundrum to devs on whether they should:
    A. Make a graphic intensive game for console mode, but risk everything getting choppy if the game is on portable mode.
    B. Make a game that runs fine on portable mode, but look shitty and cheap when in console mode.

    And in the case of triple AAA devs like Ubisoft. Their games’ builds are more or less similar for consoles and PCs, just port it and they’re done. The problem however, lies in the Switch, which means they would have to delegate more manpower and time to cater to that exclusive portable mode. This is where I see the Switch losing long term 3rd party support.

    Which eventually mean a game maker who’s looking for long term profits would ask themselves “Hey, I already have resources prepared for all major releases, but do I want to specifically spend time and money just to make a build for a system that has to use this gimmick?”

    Ultimately, the Switch’s biggest strength could be its Achilles’ heel, it’s an overly ambitious system that wants to be a console and a handheld, but its size and battery life doesn’t seem to agree with the latter choice. As they say, jack of all trades, master of none, which eventually leads to being average or mediocre.

  • catazxy

    Oh, look, just like back then with the wiiU, we can’t say for sure, but I don’t think FF15 can be ported to a tablet, maybe ff13-3…but with low/medium graphics and <23fps. But HEY, a could be wrong…

  • SiliconNooB

    Switch isn’t powerful enough for XV.

  • SiliconNooB

    Realm Reborn is also a thing.

  • JoyfulNoise

    Yes please!!!!
    Ff15 on the switch. Make it happen.