Today Square Enix hinted at a possible version of Final Fantasy XV for the Nintendo Switch, which would be huge. We've been getting nonstop Final Fantasy news so far at Gamescom, and yesterday you may remember that Square announced what is to be the definitive version of Final Fantasy XV for PC, and most of us thought that it simply couldn't get any better than that. But can it?! What about a portable version of Final Fantasy XV? Series producer Hajime Tabata had some choice words that make it seem like it could come to fruition.
During a livestream from the Twitch booth at Gamescom, Tabata had the following to say about Square Enix's future plans: “We can’t give you any complete, solid details right at the moment,” he said, “but we very much do want to move out and do as much as we can with the game and the franchise. There’s another certain console out there people may be thinking of. It sounds a little bit like... Twitch. 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."
Well there can be very little doubt after that statement, right? I'm not sure what else you need as proof that a Nintendo Switch version is in the works. If these guys are willing to spin out a mobile version of Final Fantasy XV and a fishing VR side-game, then a portable version of Final Fantasy XV on the Switch sounds comparatively logical.
But would it work? The PS4 and Xbox One versions of Final Fantasy XV aren't exactly top performers; there are some serious framerate issues there at certain points of the game. If FFXV were to end up on the Nintendo Switch then there would definitely need to be some compromises. A tick down in framerate is pretty much a sure thing, and we'd see some noticeable reduction in particle effects, draw distance, anti-aliasing, and textures.
Be that as it may, I actually have no doubt that Square Enix could get a great-looking version of the game up and running on the Switch. Nvidia's GPU is fully featured, and the Switch is capable of punching high above its weight. If we hear any more about this project we'll let you know right away, because this is the version we're most likely to actually play through and finish!