Final Fantasy 15‘s Hajime Tabata dashes the hopes of fans who were hoping a PC port of the upcoming RPG would be in development and completed shortly after its console launch.
Recent footage of Final Fantasy 15 has left fans with very little to complain about outside of the game’s delay until late November. Square Enix’s long-awaited successor to the Final Fantasy lineage has been impressing diehard fans and convincing usually disinterested parties to give Final Fantasy 15 a shot, an impressive feat given the usually chasmic divide the video game community experiences when a Final Fantasy title releases. One of the most common criticisms of Final Fantasy 15, however, is that it currently isn’t scheduled for a PC release, ostracizing a huge section of its potential audience.
While Square Enix initially adopted a wait-and-see approach to the development of Final Fantasy 15 on the PC, the lack of recent news has had some gamers worried the potential port had been outright scrapped. A recent interview with Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata confirmed that the game hasn’t been ruled out for a PC release just yet, but even if it is eventually given the green light, fans shouldn’t expect to see it any time soon:
“Something like [porting Final Fantasy 15 to PC] would take us more than a year. We should work to adapt the engine, which is very laborious, and from there to develop its course.”
Back in April, Tabata was the one who helped begin the rumors of Final Fantasy 15‘s potential PC port by stating that he and Square Enix would take “a good, hard look” at bringing the game to computers everywhere. On paper, the game seems like a perfect fit for the platform- Final Fantasy 15‘s incredible graphics and revamped combat system represent a great starting point for continued PC support. Unfortunately, however, Tabata was unhelpfully vague regarding the development status of a PC port, failing to confirm or deny if the process had already begun in earnest.
Final Fantasy 15‘s status on the PC may be cloudy, but its place as one of the most important holiday video games of 2016 is still assured. With many gamers expecting Final Fantasy 15 to represent a revitalized JRPG genre as a whole, the game will be a central point of discussion among critics and fans alike, and should play a huge role in moving Sony’s PS4 Slim console thanks being part of a collector’s edition bundle.
Still, it’s one thing to outright deny that a PC port is feasible, but Square Enix’s noncommittal approach has left many PC gamers out in the cold. If the title is being developed, gamers who play on both PC and console would likely want to know prior to the holiday season so they can decide whether they want to wait for the PC version. Unfortunately, it looks like Final Fantasy 15‘s status as a potential PC port is something that is unlikely to be clarified in the near future.
Final Fantasy 15 will release worldwide on November 29, 2016 for PS4 and Xbox One.