Japanese publisher Square Enix says that it is more focused on developing games for the Nintendo Switch than the Xbox Project Scorpio hardware. The confirmation comes right as Microsoft reveals more information about the hardware, including the Scorpio’s specs.
In an interview with Japanese publication Nikkei (with a translation via NeoGAF), Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda noted that this year, the Nintendo Switch, Project Scorpio, Windows 10 Game Mode, and Google’s Project Tango all celebrate their launches. Of these, Matsuda said, the company is putting the most focus on the Nintendo Switch.
The company’s vocal support for the Switch comes as no surprise as Square Enix was one of the third-parties confirmed to be supporting the console even before it was released. However, during the interview Matsuda also said that he wants the Nintendo console to be successful since having more platforms is good for content creators.
Although the Project Scorpio will be good for Xbox One games (and Xbox 360 games too) and offers new capabilities, it isn’t technically a totally new platform. So it’s perhaps understandable that the publisher would put more energy in bringing games to a new device, with totally new features and a different audience.
So far, the Japanese publisher has already supported the Switch with a handful of games, including I Am Setsuna, which is one of the best games on the console. But as part of this Switch focus, Matsuda also said that he would like to see more games in development for the console and, if possible, he would also like to see more existing games ported to the platform too.
At this point, it’s unclear exactly which games specifically Matsuda would most like to see ported, though the company has publicly said that it is considering porting Final Fantasy 14 to the Switch. Final Fantasy 15‘s director isn’t planning to bring the road-tripping RPG to the console, but no doubt many Switch players would be delighted if that got the port treatment too.
Other possibilities include the company’s hit action title Nier: Automata, which released on PC and PS4 earlier this year, and even games from the massively popular Kingdom Hearts series. And while this is just wishful thinking for now, these comments from Matsuda suggest that fans shouldn’t totally write them off either.