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Final Fantasy XV director “very interested” in Switch

Posted on October 29, 2016 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV, has significant interest in Switch.

Speaking about Nintendo’s console with French outlet Gameblog, Tabata talked about how he is looking forward to the platform as both a developer and a player. This is also the first time in awhile that he’s has had interest in creating titles for a Nintendo platform.

Tabata’s words in full:

“I’m very interested in this machine! As a player, but also as a developer. 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.

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!”

Gameblog claims to have heard that Final Fantasy XV is planned for Switch, but that’s far from confirmed. That wasn’t something that Tabata said is happening. We can only say that Square Enix intends to support Switch.

Big thanks to LuigiBlood for the native translation.


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  • Exy

    [interest intensifies]

    • tefand luigi


  • ForeVision

    Curious, I wonder what he would do with it, when/if he got a devkit.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    As long as it’s Tabata or Yoshida. Nomura is a hack these days, similar to Miyamoto. Shame really.

  • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

    If it can be ported without too much of a downgrade, I really doubt they won’t do it

    • ForeVision

      I wouldn’t get your hopes up for that one just yet.

      • TDude73

        You never know if the Nintendo Switch could have access to other middleware engines like Unreal Engine 4 and Unity. There could be a greater possibility to have this hybrid platform to have games powered by the Luminous Engine.

        • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

          UE4 and Unity are already confirmed. The problem would be just how powerful the Switch really is.

          • ForeVision

            Which is exactly where my concerns lie, since the hardware is in the Switch itself.

          • nemo37

            While power can be important, especially for larger scale games. I believe familiarity and modernity of the hardware relative to the other products in the market is also important. In addition, outside of the hardware itself, Nintendo needs to spend more time communicating with third-parties and making deals with them in order to reduce the development risk for them. This is something that Sony and MS frequently do to secure support and exclusives. Nintendo also somewhat does this with Japanese companies, but not so much with Western developers and publishers.

          • ForeVision

            In that regard, we can only find out a while after Switch officially releases what will become of Nintendo and their relationship with third-parties. Will they stick to their guns and keep making games? I hope so, but after seeing what happened to Wii-U, you’ll have to excuse me for being skeptical.

          • nemo37

            I think that third-parties will put out some titles to test out the waters. If these launch games do not succeed, then they will pretty much abandon the system just like they did with Wii U. That is why it is important for Nintendo to build a big install base within the first year to have a big audience in order to entice third-parties. In addition, work with third-parties on development and release issues, provide marketing support, workout financial deals helps create relationships and gives less risk and hence more reason to develop content or make competent ports of the content from other systems. Will Nintendo be able to do that? It all depends on the details, but based on past practices that Nintendo has had with regards to third-parties, I am skeptical on the building relationship part. As for the install base building, that will depend, at least IMO, on the price of the system.

          • ForeVision

            Price is one thing, but for some of these install bases I’d reckon you need people that usually play on an Xbox/PS4, and it is probably impossible to get those.

            I do feel you’re putting too much emphasis on the price, but I’m rather indifferent on that point, and shall not go further into it, as I’ve nothing more to add.

          • nemo37

            I do put a lot of emphasis on price, but I do not believe that it is the only factor. Obviously if the system is difficult to program and port to these will all detract from the system. In addition, if the system has major technical issues, like units overheating or becoming non-functional that could be an issue as well. The reason why I do focus a lot on price is because many consumer electronic devices seem to be responsive to price changes (or in economic terms, they have high price elasticity). I do apologize though because my comments on price have made sound a bit like broken tape recorder.

            On the topic of getting people who play PS4 and Xbox One, I do not personally believe that is going to be a huge issue. I think that you will find quite a bit of overlap over people who play 3DS/Wii U and also have a PlayStation and Xbox One. This is highly anecdotal, but I have observed that my group of peers consist of people that have multiple systems, so unless there is a huge brand loyalty (which I believe is applicable only to a minority of users) then they will most likely not be closed to the Switch.

          • ForeVision

            To get those people over, however, you’ll need the games and the specs to support it. If these people find out that their favorite game on Switch is watered down, they won’t bother.

            Personally, I’ve been playing Nintendo machines for their games, but I’ve bought games like Warriors Orochi for the system as well, and I’d buy and play third-party games should they be of my interest. I’d like to see how Nintendo is going to solve the biggest problem they seem to have with third-parties, namely: people buying Nintendo systems for Nintendo games, and third parties being left by the wayside. That coupled with the rather tumultuous history between them will make the Switch a very interesting machine.

          • Reggie

            Considering that Nintendo has never had good relations with third-party devs, I’m skeptic too that they would assist their partners. Even back in the NES days, Nintendo was incredibly strict with third-party devs. Granted I know that was a product of the times; after all, the video game crash was still quite recent. But their practices haven’t really improved a lot since.

          • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

            What you said is true in general, but for this specific case I think power is quite important. I mean, some games don’t really need that much power to run properly and only use the extra power to look better.

            But open world games tend to need a decent hardware. One like FF XV, with huge maps, monsters, super complex models and animations, having a lot of power would make porting far easier

          • nemo37

            Oh I agree. I was just talking about basic engines and such. I tried the Final Fantasy XV demo on my Xbox One and I was impressed with how nice it looked but it seemed to have a bit trouble maintaining its framerate, so I question whether or not it would run well at all on the most likely less powerful Switch (but then again that was a demo, so maybe the final product is much more optimized).

          • TDude73

            You are aware that Square Enix is Nintendo’s supporter and a partnership of making games for the Nintendo Switch. There is a possibility that the Luminous Engine could be scalable for games like Final Fantasy XV regardless of limitation.

          • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

            Getting Luminous to run on the Switch should be easy. But FF XV is a heavy game, with huge maps, characters with very complex models and animations, giant monsters, gorgeous lighting and particles…

            If Square can downgrade all this to run at at least 720p 30fps, while retaining most of the original beauty, I doubt they wouldn’t do it. People seem more hyped for the Switch than they ever have been for the Wii U, and since FFXV seem to have costed A LOT, Square will want it on as many platforms it thinks will sell well.

            But again, FFXV is a heavy game, both the PS4 and XOne struggle to maintain 30fps, so I don’t know how much Square would be willing to downgrade the game to run on the Switch

          • Tyson

            And Zelda is another heavy game and the Switch can run the game, I don’t think is that difficult to make ff15 run on the Switch.

          • NintendoPSXTheSecond

            Zelda was made with a Wii U engine though. Switch is undoubtedly more powerful than Wii U, but to say FFXV is anything like Zelda graphically and internally, then you’re severely mistaken.

          • Tyson

            To be honest I see Zelda much more bigger than ff15 in term of content and the world of Zelda BOTW is much more big too and I think no one will question that. I don’t see FF15 graphics that impresive, I find MGS5 more impresive and even the Xbox 360 can run that game without any problems.

          • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

            MGS V doesn’t run “without any problems” on PS3/ 360. It runs in 540p and in most cut scenes (which usually try to run in a higher quality than the rest of the game) run at 20fps, while gameplay tend to run at 30fps. Not to mention there’s far less vegetation and vegetation’s view distance is really, really short.

            There’s also poor lighting compared to the current gen version, and using binoculars make the game look like it’s a N64 game (really, I’m not exagerating). It’s impressive for a 2006 machine and definetly a great porting work, but it still runs poorly. PS3 owners gladly accepted that since they were getting a next gen game on a previous gen machine, but no one would accept that in a just released console.

          • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

            Zelda BotW may have a bigger map, and it’s surely an impressive game for Wii U’s hardware.

            But technically speaking, it’s nowhere near FF XV. PS4 and XOne struggle a bit to sustain 30fps and XOne don’t even run it in 1080p.

  • Vigilante_blade

    Give us an exclusive, then we’ll talk :).

    • Tlink7

      Beggars can’t be choosers 😛

    • Chaos_Knight

      That could a possibility. I mean, how else would you get people to buy a Switch version if the PS4/XBONE versions are already out by then.

  • Tlink7

    …probably won’t look like that image when ported to the Switch though 😛 …also can we have Kingdom Hearts please? Please? I don’t want to buy a PS4 ;-;

  • Reggie

    I’m not that interested in 15, but it would be super cool if this came to the Switch.

  • Lord Ozzie

    I don’t want to get my hopes up but if Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy comes to the switch, I would faint….

  • wisdomsprince

    If he doesn’t conform FF15 for switch before a price drop or before major boxing day sales he may as well not bother (exception MAY be if you can carry your saves from another console which seems unlikely)

    • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

      Well, I suppose that if it’s going to happen, the announcement will be during that january 12 presentation, which wouldn’t be long after the original release.

      And I know many people who would love to be able to play this game both on the go and on a big screen, as long as it doesn’t take years, I doubt it wouldn’t sell well.

  • Kaetsu

    I doubt XV will makes its way to Switch however since Tabata is in charge of the FF Type series I think we could see Type 0 HD or its sequel on Switch.

  • TheJuiciest

    I imagine most of Japan feels the same given the state of the gaming market there the past generation. Hopefully Nintendo can follow through on the hype and inject some energy into the market over there.

  • Hugrazy

    It would be nice to see some separate series games from square enix. Crystal Chronicles for the gamecube was a great addition to it’s library.

  • Roto Prime

    Final Fantasy Versus XIII would be nice, shame to let it go to waste ;______;

    • TDude73

      That title was officially changed to Final Fantasy XV.

  • theFooFighter

    If the switch is powerful enough it will get ff15. Square said this game needs to sell 10 million to make a profit and there’s no way that’s happening on the ps4 and xb1 alone.

  • Operative

    I don’t think it’d be able to run the game without some tweaking to the graphics. It stutters a bit on the base ps4

    • TDude73

      Never say never. With the power of NVIDIA’s new processor and GPU based on Pascal X2 and GeForce technology, there is a very strong chance that Square Enix can easily port Final Fantasy XV to the Nintendo Switch. I’m sure they’ll overcome that obstacle that have recently occur on both PS4 and PS4 Pro (overheat).

      • ForeVision

        As Operative has stated, overheat isn’t the only issue. If the Switch is only marginally better than the PS4/Xbox one, if at all then there’s probably still that stuttering issue. I am afraid games like these need the kind of power that you can’t shove into a small device like the Switch itself, without the dock giving it more power (which, as we know, it doesn’t in it’s current form)

  • Alex Jones

    I already pre-ordered the PS4 version and waiting for its November 29 release but am willing to double dip, Nintendo 🙂

  • ShadowDragoon

    Sure right now everyone is “interested” and “Looking Forward”, but when the time comes how many of them will actually release a game. If you are really willing to take a shot, prove it with actions not words.

  • Annie

    I really hope we see FF7 Remake and/or FFXV at the Nintendo Switch presentation on January 12

    • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

      FF7R is a PS4 timed exclusive, so I don’t think it will be even confirmed for other platforms before we’re at least close to the release of the first episode.

  • CrazyKoopaKid

    FFVII Remake & KHIII for Switch please Square!

  • Sandman83

    Yeah I would definitively buy anything that Square Enix put out on the system.
    FF 15, FF 7 remake and life is strange would be pretty asome on this console I think. And yeah I also think their titles would wake a lot of new interest in their games if released on the Switch as they can be taken on the go so it might actually also increase sales both of the game on the Switch but also on other systems.
    If people gets interested they get interested no matter what console they decide to get the game for. But yeah it might also result in a jump of sales of the Switch itself and the combination of Zelda, Xenoblade and Final fantasy on one system might actually be pretty strong together. So yeah I truly believe this is a really smart move for Square Enix to make in so many ways.