The Nintendo Switch has been gaining a lot of traction with third party support and highly anticipated titles, but apparently Final Fantasy's future on the latest Nintendo console is still very much up in the air.
Earlier this year, there have been a few teases about FF15 making its way to the Switch; most notably from the director himself. Hajime Tabata mentioned in a previous statement during a Twitch stream that, "... 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." Seemed like a confirmation without actually confirming anything, but it turns out? That entire statement was meant in jest! If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of hearts breaking in the distance.
All is not lost, however. In a recent interview, Tabata gave a little clarity to earlier statements while also leaving a little light at the end of the tunnel. The Final Fantasy 15 director said this to Kotaku regarding his previous statement:
"It was just kind of a joke response. That said, we aren’t dismissing the hardware in any way. We believe it’s a great platform, and we’re open to looking for opportunities. And if the opportunity presents itself, and there’s something we can do on that given platform, we’d like to do it.”
Final Fantasy 15 was a stunning game visually, with intricate environmentals and constantly changing weather patterns. With this in mind, Tabata's hesitancy towards the Switch's capability to run such a demanding title are completely valid. There have been previous tests to the latest Nintendo platform from similar titles that demand a lot of power, and so far they just haven't been able to perform at "peak performance."
For those that are fans of Final Fantasy 15, there is still much left to explore in the latest JRPG with the Episode Ignis DLC expansion slated for a December release. And for those looking to get their open-world on with a PC playthrough, that port is expected to be ready to go sometime in early 2018.
It seems like FF15 coming to the Switch is not completely out of the realm of possibility, but if it happens - it won't be in the near future. Final Fantasy 15 is currently available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users.