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Virtuos porting a AAA title to Switch

Posted on August 2, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Virtuos has worked on all sorts of ports and remasters in the past. Their previous projects include Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy X/X-2, HD, Batman: Return to Arkham, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, and plenty more.

Now the studio is turning its attention to Switch. As spotted by Doctre81, senior programmer Xiaoyu Zhang states on LinkedIn that he’s involved with the porting process of a AAA title.

Here’s the relevant excerpt:

WIP: Porting a AAA title to Nintendo Switch
– Re-implement the renderer with Nintendo’s native graphics API(nvn)
– Design and implement the low level mechanism of graphics resource management and threading
– Exploit the performance advantages of the Vulkan-like API (UMA, explicit management of graphics memory, complete control over CPU/GPU synchronization, etc)

Zhang has been working at Virtuous since last March. It’s unclear how long the Switch project has been in development for, however.

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  • theFooFighter

    A final fantasy game would be nice but it could literally be anything. This is so vague that it’s honestly not worth getting excited over hopefully we see it soon

  • Leonel

    Wonder if its something related to Batman

    • Dascylus

      This is my guess, like Square Enix would ever put a Final Fantasy game on Switch.

      • Reggie

        They have talked about it though.

      • We know Yoshi-P wouldn’t mind, and I don’t think SE is necessarily opposed. But we do have to be realistic about our expectations. ;n;

        • Reggie

          I would honestly be happy with a collection release of the first two PS1 games, even if they had zero graphical or text changes.

          • I’m really hoping the Switch gets remakes of I-VI. Especially V and VI, like the II and IV remakes. ;u;

            But yeah, I would be thankful for the same, honestly.

          • Reggie

            Oh gosh, V is my favorite FF. Yes please.

          • It’s tied with IX for me~. I’m seriously hoping for this after Asano finishes Octopath. ♥

          • I’m still waiting for the Secret of Mana Collection to hopefully, please, finally get localized!

          • Yes! I’m so desperate for that too~!

          • Yes please on V and VI remakes. Though I also wouldn’t mind revisiting the rest of the Ivalice games, say a remake of FF Tactics Advance and/or a definitive (i.e. not bug/slowdown-ridden) console version of FFT: War of the Lions.

          • A definitive War of the Lions would be majestic. Getting Advance down the line would be icing on top.

            But yeah, I want V and VI so bad. TTuTT If Square are smart, they’ll get Asano on that~.

          • Why Asano? He wasn’t actually involved in any of the original games (and I’m not really a fan of Bravely Default). I’d much rather a prospective remake be overseen by Takashi Tokita or Hiroyuki Ito, assuming neither of them is working on any major new project instead. (Ito should definitely be in charge of XVI.)

          • He worked on at least one of the remakes, and he worked on III and IV’s DS remakes specifically and that’s what I was hoping for out of those. (Hehe, I love BD, so there’s that for me too.) He also did project management for War of the Lions, interestingly. Tokita and Asano worked together though, so it’d make sense and be really cool for them to come back together again as Director/Producer duo.

          • jimmy

            I wouldn’t mind that either problem is they might turn the switch into a porting machine instead getting more recent stuff

          • Reggie

            Porting is going to happen regardless. Besides, the portability factor is good.

      • GoldenTriforce

        XIV is possible at the moment so…

        • MajoraMan28

          VII is also not off the charts.
          Rumors of a Switch-port have been circulating for more than a year now.

          • Jon Turner

            VII:Remake is plausible, but I would prefer regular FFVII on Switch at this point.

          • MajoraMan28

            FFVII Remake on the Switch
            The original FFVII on the Virtual Console

      • Leonel

        I think that we are probably going to get the Batman collection thing with arkham city and asylum but possible that we get arkham knight.

        I think square could put FF but I probably have a strong feeling that we will get a port of either XIV or one of the older games just with updated features. I would be very happy if square brought kingdom heart games to the switch!!

      • SquEnix have been pretty open about their intention to support the Switch and have actually followed through on both announcements and teases, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility by any means.

  • Locky Mavo

    Noice, hope it’s FFXII: Zodiac Age. A personal favourite of mine.

  • MrCafecito

    Ezio collection is likely, as Ubisoft said recently that they would announce more games for switch soon

    • nemo37

      Anything is possible…but Ubisoft has a dedicated internal studio (Ubisoft Bucharest) for developing game ports on platforms a game was not originally targeting. So I would say the chances of it being a Ubisoft project is somewhat low.

  • Stuart

    It could be so many things that is not even worth it to try to figure it out. I would love if it was Zodiac Age,but again, not gonna put my hopes up.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Wonder if it’s the RE collection?

  • I would legit cry of happiness if it’s FFXII. If we can get FFXII and Nier, I would be so happy.

    Also, Xiaoyu Zhang is such a cool name.

    • Indielink

      I would punch a baby to have Nier on the go.

      • I wouldn’t harm a baby, but I would punch right through the face of like, a jerk*** or something. x’)

      • Cooe

        Are we talking the brilliant Nier Automata here, or the absolutely garbage in most ways, OG Nier? If the first, I’m 110% on board. If the latter…. yuck, no thank you lol.

        • Dylan W

          I think they’re talking about Nier: Automata. No one really likes to mention the original Nier.

        • Indielink

          I want both. Gimme a collection. Maybe throw Drakengard in there too while they’re at it.

    • AJK

      Bier on Switch is my dream

      • Princess_Eevee9

        I went to the store and got you some Beer, you’re welcome. ~

        • AJK

          Damn phone autocorrect haha. At least it didnt change it to something rude like it usually does 🙂

      • Same~. That’s one of the few ports/multi-plats I really, desperately want.

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  • Roto Prime

    Dear Square-Enix……if for some unknown reason this becomes Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age….I promise you, if you are reading this, that I will buy one hard copy of the game every month for two years with out fail, that is my promise to you if this is to come……I………..WILL……..BE………SO………………….HAPPY. Please take my money!

  • Francesco Gentile

    Woah! Can’t wait to discover what it will be!!

  • TDude73

    What if Virtuos were to port Final Fantasy VII Remix (since it is “First on PlayStation 4”) specially made for the Nintendo Switch? Or how about a port of Kingdom Hearts III for the Switch… or Batman: Arkham Knight for the Switch? So many possibilities. We’ll soon find out.

  • Luke WalkingMoonTree

    Mankind Divided perhaps?

    • Tlink7


      (…well I did but ya know… ¯_(ツ)_/¯


  • Tlink7

    I highly doubt it is a FF game… we have basically zero clues as to what the studio is porting; they’ve worked on a lot of different franchises in the past

  • cloud36426

    I really wanted FF XII on the Switch. Already have it on PS4 though. If that is what they are working on.

    • R.Z.

      Would the HD remaster/remake be considered AAA ?
      I haven’t been following the case, I don’t know what kind of release it is.

      • cloud36426

        Even though it is an older game I would say yes. It is a mainline FF game, that IMO they did a great job on the remaster.

  • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

    Somebody is doing the thing right:
    – Re-implement the renderer with Nintendo’s native graphics API(nvn)

    – Exploit the performance advantages of the Vulkan-like API (UMA, explicit management of graphics memory, complete control over CPU/GPU synchronization, etc)

    not only hit a button to convert the port with bad performance using the default API

    • TDude73

      For those who doesn’t know, NVN stands for NVIDIA, Vulkan, and Nintendo. NVN is a GPU built inside the Nintendo Switch.

      • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

        well I have to correct you. first -API is aplication programming interface which is a set of librarires, routines and more to ease the development for developers. Second -Vulkan is a cross-platform low memory 3D graphics and compute API it is same thing as direct3D, openGL(vulkan is the spiritual predecesor of this great and old API) or Mantle but It is praised because its high performance (it has a very good handle of the GPU/CPU usage). third- NVM is the native(the most efficiency only could be achieved using this low level API) Graphic API the nintendo SW created by NVIDIA and Nintendo, normally a developer should learn how to use this API to make games with it but the good thing is that Nintendo and NVIDIA as part as the (the creator of the vulcan API) created a custom Vulkan-like API that can call NVM routines by only knowing vulkan(most developers are migrating to vulkan now) that is one of the secret why it is so easy to develop in the Switch and using the NVM could achieve very good performance

    • Tlink7

      Glad to see not all third parties just try to create a port by the means of copy pasta

  • TDude73

    What if Virtuos is porting Ubisoft’s Beyond Good and Evil 2 for the Nintendo Switch?

  • Geneva Sieg

    Where are the Nintendo fanboys who called the PS4 the Portstation 4 now?

  • If it’s FF12: Zodiac Age I’m gonna literally scream. I just got it for PS4 but always wanted a portable version.