Square “Very Interested” In Bringing Final Fantasy To PC
Publisher Square Enix has expressed an interest in bringing the Final Fantasy franchise back to PC, at some point. In an interview with Eurogamer, Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase stated that it would be a possibility.
Despite not having shipped one Final Fantasy XIII game, of which there are three, the technology did line up for this to happen. Originally, these titles were produced for PC and later exported to release on their respective console counterparts.
Still, despite the connection, the company ultimately opted out of PC releases for the franchise. Likely, piracy concerns were a big detraction, with Kitase saying:
We looked at the market situation and we didn’t think it would be a good idea, and also it would have involved lots of complex issues like security.
There would, however, be hope for upcoming iterations, such as Final Fantasy XV, which is currently only headed to Xbox One and Playstation 4. Continuing, Kitase mentioned:
We would definitely be interested in pursuing [the PC] route in the future.
In recent months, Square Enix has been dropping more releases on PC and specifically Steam. Just this week, the company brought their new massively multiplayer online (MMO) game to digital distribution.
Moreover, ports for the classics, Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, are now available through Steam as well. Its other MMO, Final Fantasy XI, used to have a PC version too.
These are just the beginnings for Square Enix though. Further on in the interview, Kitase expressed some cautious optimism on branching out to PC:
It’s an early stage for us. We haven’t got an awful lot of experience in this field. So when we have more know-how and experience in this market we would be very interested.