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Final Fantasy XV

It’s been a strange past few weeks in terms of Final Fantasy XV potentially coming to Switch. Director Hajime Tabata originally seemed to tease some sort of Switch version at Gamescom, but things have changed regularly since then.

Our latest update comes from an interview with Famitsu. Officially, there are no plans to release Final Fantasy XV for Switch. Square Enix is conducting technical examinations to learn what sorts of things they can create on the platform. They are trying to see if optimizing their own engine would be better or if using Unreal Engine makes more sense on Switch. Also, somewhat similarly to what we recently heard, they are sharing their status with Nintendo and Epic. That’s what Tabata told the overseas media, but it turned out to be reported as they are planning to port Final Fantasy XV to Switch.

Tabata isn’t ruling anything out for the future. For now though, he’s focused on Final Fantasy XV for PC, the game’s new DLC, and the PC version.

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Ever since Gamescom, we’ve heard about Final Fantasy XV potentially coming to Switch in some fashion. Director Hajime Tabata has now commented on the situation once again in an interview with Eurogamer.

Some have thought that Square Enix would look to bring the recently-announced Pocket Edition of Final Fantasy XV to Switch. However, the company has been instead trying to determine if the original game can be put on Nintendo’s console.

Tabata said:

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:

Square Enix’s Hajime Tabata stirred up quite a storm this week. When he appeared on a Twitch stream to promote Final Fantasy XV, he strong hinted that the game will be ending up on Switch in some form.

To recap, Tabata teased:

You asked the question, what other things do we have planned in the future? We can’t give you any complete, solid details right at the moment but for our policy writers we very much do want to move out and do as much as we can with the game, with the franchise. There’s another certain console out there people may be thinking of; sounds little bit like you guys, your name, “Twitch”… I think we’ll just leave it there.

Everyone on Final Fantasy XV, they love this specific console that sounds a lot like “Twitch” – you may want to think something about that in the future.

It seems like something Final Fantasy XV-related might be released on the Switch. During a Twitch panel at gamescom, the director of Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix’s Hajime Tabata, said the following:

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has once again weighed in on Switch. In an interview with Polygon, Tabata called the system “kind of like the dream machine” due to it being able to accomplish several tasks.

He said:

“Given my track record… I’ve worked on handheld titles, but I’ve also worked on console games. So the fact that Switch is both at the same time is really fascinating to me. I’m really interested in coming up with ideas and how to capitalize on that technology and how to create the best experience possible on the technology. But I’m not quite sure that I have it yet.

“You have your Switch sitting in front of the television and you’re playing on the big screen and then you take it out, put it down on the table. It becomes a monitor. You take out the two Joy-Cons, and you play with a friend … it doesn’t stop there, because in my mind, it would be really perfect if you could then take this new monitor and use it like a tablet, for example, and play different apps on it like you would on your iPhone or your Android. So basically, it’s accomplishing three tasks in one machine. It’s kind of like the dream machine.”

“While I may not be working on anything for it at this point in time, a lot of people on the staff are really interested in the Switch. Myself included! Many of the people on the dev team are older; they’re married; they have kids. One of the things they’d like to do is create something they could also play with their children, or that their children could play on their own, for example.”

According to Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata, the developers working on Square Enix’s RPG have interest in Switch. Unfortunately though, there aren’t any plans to port the game over at present.

Tabata is unsure as to whether or not Final Fantasy XV would run on Switch. He says that tests really haven’t been done to see if it would be possible.

Here’s the full exchange between DualShockers and Tabata: