The success of the Nintendo Switch console has been something of a revelation for the video game industry – not because anyone ever doubted Nintendo could create a compelling console again, but rather because of just how game-changing the Switch’s portability really has become. The console has quickly become the dream home for a number of recent game releases that feature lengthy investments of time, as fans dream of chipping away at games like Final Fantasy 15 while on their way to and from work.
While Final Fantasy 15 had no plans for the Switch as of six months ago, it appears that half a year goes a long way in changing a publisher’s mind. Square Enix hosted a panel on Twitch during Gamescom that featured Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, who had something very interesting to say via translator regarding the future of the extremely popular Final Fantasy title:
“To answer your question of ‘what other things have we got planned for the future’, we can’t give you any complete, solid details right at the moment, but policy-wise we very much do want to move on and do as much as we can with the game and the franchise. So there’s another certain console out there people may be thinking of that sounds a little bit like you guys, your name, Twitch…I think we’ll just leave it there.”
Tabata also stated that nearly everyone on the Final Fantasy 15 team loves the Switch, which seems to indicate that the development team would be more receptive to doing the work that would be required to bring the game over to Nintendo’s darling console. While Tabata’s comments are just cagey enough that it seems like he isn’t allowed to confirm anything just yet, it would appear that Square Enix is leaning toward creating a port of Final Fantasy 15 for the Switch after all.
Naturally, that’s a huge deal for both Nintendo and Square Enix if it ends up being the case. The two companies have had a fruitful business relationship in the past when it came to the Final Fantasy series, and the Switch is quickly beginning to find a home as the default location for a number of RPG ports and new releases. If Final Fantasy 15 ends up on the Switch, there’s a good chance both companies will see dividends in both the short and long term – especially if Final Fantasy 15 becomes the first of many Final Fantasy titles to be released on the Switch over its lifespan.
Final Fantasy 15 is available now for PS4 and Xbox One, and will release for PC in early 2018. A Switch version of the game has yet to be confirmed.