The wildly successful Nintendo Switch has garnered an overwhelming amount of buzz since its March 2017 release, even snagging the attention of big-ticket game franchises looking to develop ports for the grab-and-go system. Unfortunately, one fan-favorite title in particular is having trouble making its way to the console: Final Fantasy 15.
During a recent a few days ago, Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata hinted at what looked to be a possible Switch version of the game. The tease was vague, and definitely cheeky, so Tabata was later asked to clarify whether a Switch version of Final Fantasy 15 is actually a possibility.
Tabata explained to DualShockers during an interview at PAX West in Seattle that he and his team tested the game's Luminous Engine, which powers the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, on the Switch, to disappointing results. According to Tabata, the team can't, at this point in time, "bring out the most of the engine" on the versatile console. No further details were given, but the team is reportedly still looking into making a Final Fantasy 15 Switch port a reality.
The director went on to assure fans that the failed Final Fantasy 15 Switch run shouldn't be taken as a negative about the system, as the team didn't perform any specific optimization on the Luminous Engine; they only loaded it and recorded how it performed. Tabata and his team also carried out tests on the Unity engine and the Unreal Engine 4, noting that those ran quite well on the Nintendo console. The latter result shouldn't come as a surprise, as many Switch games use the Unreal Engine.
This also isn't to say that a Switch version of the game is entirely out of the question. The team understands the technical specifications of the system, and is eager to continue exploring what they can do on the platform. As with the recently revealed Windows and Pocket Edition of Final Fantasy 15 for PC and mobile devices, the minds behind the game are dedicated to delivering a quality product that capitalizes on the characteristics of the platform in question.
Final Fantasy 15's relationship with the Nintendo Switch has been hot and cold since the start, with Tabata once stating that there were no plans for a Switch port and later expressing interest in the console, which presumably led to these test runs. Considering how much the team's thoughts on the system in relation to Final Fantasy 15 have changed throughout the past few months, it's safe to say anything can happen, and we just might see the open world action-RPG make its way to the Switch sometime in the future.
Final Fantasy 15 is available now on PS4 and Xbox One.