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Square Enix Still Investigating the Possibility of Final Fantasy XV on Nintendo Switch

It has been almost a year since Final Fantasy XV released on consoles. The game is also coming to PC but as far as Nintendo Switch goes, the developer is still investigating the possibility.  According to the latest from Square Enix, the company is looking into working on a full version of Final Fantasy XV for Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch released earlier this year and has so far been successful. The system has seen decent third party support and a healthy flow of first party games, just enough to keep fans busy. Thirst party partners like Ubisoft, EA, and Square Enix are prepared to release their games on the platform, however, due to the limitations of its hardware, not all AAA titles will make it.

As far as Final Fantasy XV goes, it is an extremely demanding game that would require a severe downgrade to run on Nintendo Switch. The Switch is using a custom TEGRA X1 chip, designed to boost graphical capabilities to the next level on handheld machines. But it is not as powerful as PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Speaking to Eurogamer, Hajime Tabata stated:

Honestly, when we did the technical test to see if we could use the same native engine we used on other console versions on the Switch, we tried to run it there, the results weren’t satisfactory. It wasn’t what you’d want from a final game. It doesn’t mean that’s the end of that – we’re looking at the options, like the customisation of the engine.

He went on to explain that the game would require a different engine for Nintendo Switch and they are actually talking with Epic Games to see how Unreal Engine can perform.

To give you an example how open those discussions are – we’re talking to Epic at the moment, about maybe what we could possibly do there, and if we did a Switch version maybe we’d be able to partner and do something there. Their Unreal environment is just amazing, and will be very useful. You have to have all those options on the table – without that it’d be impossible to make a decision about what we can do on that platform.

Would you like to see Final Fantasy XV on Nintendo Switch?