The latest entry in the long-running "Final Fantasy" series is already a major hit on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And it sounds like the game — or some derivation of it — is heading to Nintendo's Switch as well.
During a livestreamed discussion at Germany's annual Gamescom video game expo earlier this month, "Final Fantasy XV" producer Hajime Tabata teased an upcoming "Final Fantasy XV" game on Nintendo's latest console.
"Everyone on the 'FFXV' team loves this specific console that sounds a lot like 'twitch,' so you may want to think about something like that in the future,” he said. He's of course referring to the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo's current home game console. Though Nintendo home game consoles used to be the place to play "Final Fantasy" games, that's changed over the years. It sounds like, with "Final Fantasy XV," things may be turning around.
Tabata was being intentionally vague — it's unlikely that a direct port of "Final Fantasy XV" makes sense for the Switch. Given the console's comparatively low horsepower weighed against the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, directly releasing the game on the Switch would be a challenge.
Especially considering how graphically impressive the game is:
What's more likely is that the game's developer and publisher, Japanese game company Square Enix, is making a spin-off or pared down version of "Final Fantasy XV" for the Switch. This becomes more clear when you consider the other statements Tabata made about the unannounced project.
"We can’t give you any complete, solid details right at the moment, but we very much do want to move out and do as much as we can with the game and the franchise," Tabata said.
Of note, he refers to "Final Fantasy XV" as a game and a franchise — something Square Enix has done in the past with "Final Fantasy VII" ("Dirge of Cerberus"), "Final Fantasy X" ("Final Fantasy X-2"), and several others. To be completely clear: It would be completely unsurprising if Square Enix made a Nintendo Switch game that's part of the "Final Fantasy XV" universe (but doesn't contain the original "Final Fantasy XV").
Either way, we'll have to wait and see — Tabata didn't offer anything specific beyond those few teases (where he wouldn't even mention Switch by name). For now you can rest assured that something regarding "Final Fantasy XV" is in production for the Nintendo Switch.