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Final Fantasy XV director talks more about his Switch tease, hasn’t had luck finding a system

Posted on September 8, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

It was last month at Gamescom when Square Enix’s Hajime Tabata hinted at something Final Fantasy XV-related for Switch. He’s followed up on that initial tease since then, and Kotaku is the latest outlet to have asked him about the system.

One thing to note is that someone from Nintendo called Tabata after what he said at Gamescom. However, he wouldn’t reveal what was discussed.

As for that Gamescom tease and Switch, Tabata explained:

“It was just kind of a joke response. That said, we aren’t dismissing the hardware in any way. We believe it’s a great platform, and we’re open to looking for opportunities. And if the opportunity presents itself, and there’s something we can do on that given platform, we’d like to do it.”

You can count Tabata among those who are having trouble obtaining a Switch. He has been keeping track of sites like Amazon, but it’s constantly sold out. He does already have Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2. Now he just needs the hardware.

Tabata joked around a bit and said that he can’t request a Switch from Nintendo directly. But as for finding a system, that’s very much true.

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  • MrCafecito

    Nintendo sent the Ninjas to Tabata’s house, that’s why his words now sound more like PR speak, they brainwashed him

    • Exy

      Or maybe they had to tell him in person at his home that it’s not polite to treat your partner’s hardware like a laughingstock while it’s still in its early years.

      • Busterblade

        Did he laugh it off? Because if that’s the case, then it’s about to laugh him off 😛

        • Shonenfan

          LOL

    • R.Z.

      They should leave a Switch under his pillow with a message saying “We’re watching you” …
      As a warning, but also as bribe.
      😛
      Seriously though, I believe that if such a high profile producer as Tabata didn’t manage to get a Switch, Nintendo maybe has to work on their PR a bit.
      If B-grade celebrities get smartphones for free at “parties” just so they can be photographed with them there’s no reason why Nintendo would refrain from doing that kind of stuff with the big hats of the videogame industry.

      • Busterblade

        If Punchinri is right, then Tabata hasn’t been all that positive about the Switch, (hence that phone call, along with this fake tease of his) so I’d reckon that has to do with it.

      • MrCafecito

        Except him not getting one yet leads to statements like this = free publicity
        Him getting one like any normal person = Nothing

        • R.Z.

          The guy keeps getting asked about the console, there would have been statements if he had one too, probably better statements for Nintendo than “I guess it’s good, but I couldn’t get one”.

  • JacksomLOVESNintendo

    Jeez, this has been one of the most over complicated game developments recently. Just confirm it already!

  • theFooFighter

    Luminous is kind of a cluster f***. It’s not a bad engine it’s just super complicated especially when you can get similar results out of unreal which is less complex and way more scalable. I’m still sure something ff15 related will come to the switch but there’s probably a Nintendo related reason for kh3 and ff7 being made in unreal

    • Pachirisu

      true, but using your own engine means you have to pay squat in royalties lol

  • Lance Devon

    Translations:

    “We’d like to first test the waters before testing the waters.”

    • Exy

      You don’t even need a translation. “It was just kind of a joke response.” The Switch is a joke to them.

  • Busterblade

    “You can count Tabata among those who are having trouble obtaining a Switch. He has been keeping track of sites like Amazon, but it’s constantly sold out. He does already have Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2. Now he just needs the hardware.”

    Heh, if I am to go by what I’ve heard of Tabata and how he perceives Switch and messes around, then the words “We all get what we deserve” pop into my head.

    • Lumine

      Serves him right for making fun of the Switch so much.

      • Busterblade

        I don’t even know the full extent of it, just that I’ve heard from people all-around that he’s been quite negative about it aye.

        If you’re publicly acting like that, while being an SE developer and big-shot, of course Nintendo isn’t going to grace you with a Switch and not give you a call for “falsely teasing” things.

  • Tailsotaku Galacta Nova

    2 versions confirmmed

  • Roto Prime

    Can we get Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XII and Kingdom hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX please!!

    • MajoraMan28

      No. Those are bad FFs.
      Bring FFVII Remake and KH (III and the HD Remixes)

      • Jonathan Cromwell

        10 was great. 10/2 sucked

      • Roto Prime

        You crazy! Final Fantasy XII HD will run 100% on Nintendo Switch, Final Fantasy VII R is anyones guess if Square Enix will put the work in, also Final Fantasy XV Switch was a joke Tabeta was making, it is not happening ;____;

        • Jon Turner

          We can’t say for sure that FFXV is not being on Switch when Tabata is being this cryptic about it.

          Also, I wouldn’t count FFVII:R out. Remember, it’s only a timed exclusive and it runs on UE4, Switch runs that. Too early to rule either out. Just watch and see what happens first before deciding either way.

          • Roto Prime

            I’m not joking lol, look….

            Tabata quote

            “It was just kind of a joke response. That said, we aren’t dismissing the hardware in any way. We believe it’s a great platform, and we’re open to looking for opportunities. And if the opportunity presents itself, and there’s something we can do on that given platform, we’d like to do it.”

          • Jon Turner

            Tabata’s words could mean ANYTHING. Remember, SE constantly teased they were only considering DQX and XI on Switch. Well, they both happened. I’d expect a similar thing to occur with this. Don’t give up yet.

          • Roto Prime

            Hey!! Square Enix announced Dragon Quest X and XI, but then took it back, this one is……nvm, you have a point now that I think about it, guess we play the waiting game lol

          • Jon Turner

            That’s really all we can do at this point.

          • Not quite. They never teased they were only releasing XI on the Switch. It was already announced for PS4 (and 3DS at the time?), then they mentioned the NX, and then had to redact. (Because of Nintendo.)

            They could have teased X for the Switch only, but that’s irrelevant since it’s a Wii game.

        • MajoraMan28

          I’m not saying it wouldn’t run on the Switch.
          I’m saying that those FFs are mediocre or downright bad, compared to I-IX.

          FFVIIR is extremely likely, so don’t get so sad with Tabata’s usual trolling.

          • Roto Prime

            ;___; Your right…….^•^ Lets keep our spirits high!

      • Reggie

        Speak for yourself? FF 10 and 12 may not be anything special, but I’d reckon they’re a lot better than what SE has been pushing out in recent years.

        • Yes. Undoubtedly.

        • MajoraMan28

          X was the beginning of the series’ downfall. You can’t say it’s better than current material bc it is a flawed game in many aspects. The only excellent thing about the game was its soundtrack..
          At least XII had a good story, worldbuilding and decent gameplay. But its battle system just wasn’t cool for me.

          FF was great during the I-IX days. At least imo. But I can tell you many in the fanbase, mostly the ones from the Nintendo days, usually agree with this statement.

          • Reggie

            You can say it is the beginning of that, but the two still hold up better than the later installments.

      • 10 was terrible
        12 was an amazing game

  • Exy

    Foot, meet mouth.

  • ben

    Final fantasy 6 for Nintendo switch… mic drop

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  • amak11

    Someone just buy this man a console and send it to him. I can literally walk in to any store and do this here.

    • R.Z.

      Then do it ?
      😉

  • Vigilante_blade

    Stop talking about possibly making games and start making them.

  • Of course. Lol. And that’s what I mean. He is so all over the place when talking about the Switch. I’ll just wait for all that Asano does, and see if we get a Chocobo or Crystal Chronicles game(s). :’)

    • Busterblade

      He’ll feel the consequences of his actions yet, when the Switch’s install-base is massive and Asano is getting praise all over the place.

      • I’m certain. With FF’s renown slipping and that tied to his own directed/taken over project, his image is slipping as well. With all the spin-offs (and esp. Pocket Edition), people are already talking.

        Then again, maybe’s he’s just a teensy bit bitter since he can’t get a hold of a Switch. x’D

        • Busterblade

          Maybe he’s salty because the lottery tends to call out someone else’s number all the time 😛

          His attitude certainly won’t get him a Switch to enjoy, by Nintendo personally, that’s a given.

  • hmmm I don’t know if I want to try and have it for Switch if it does happen. I managed to get the game on sale for PS4 but it didn’t grab me as the other FFs have. The battle system to me seems complicated and puts me off. I settled on just continuing with FFXII Zodiac Age and WoFF preffered them better. I had since fully finishes XII just missing out on one tough trophy to get that shiny platnium and recently started WoFF which has a lot of nostalgia to me which I’m enjoying every bit of it.

    • Same~. I don’t care about XV at this point, but I wish we could have XII Zodiac Age, WoFF and XIV.

  • ben

    He clearly said stuff he should not have said and is now back peddling.

    I am sure a Final Fantasy game is coming to the Switch but it was not suppose to be leaked by him in Germany last week.

  • Locky Mavo

    I like the idea I saw on reddit the other day, I’d love to see FF Crystal Chronicles on Switch, either a Game Cube remaster, or a sequel, I think the Switch would a great system to play that kind of game or even something like a HD remaster of FF Explorers.

    • The Wii had some fun, smaller side titles from the Crystal Chronicles series. As did the DS. With the Switch being a hybrid, I think it would be a great opportunity to expand on the kind of ideas they tried with the Wii and DS, and do more with the series.

  • Tjnswitch

    there’s a bunch of Switches in the Carolina-States strangely enough .