Many were excited when Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata had teased that a project related to the JRPG was in development for Nintendo Switch.
Knowing that the comments that he made were vague, in an interview at PAX West DualShockers asked Tabata to clarify whether a port was actually in development or not.
He explained that nothing has been decided and that the development team have tested the Nintendo Switch hardware with the Luminous Engine, which had been used to create the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
At this point in time, the team can’t “bring out the most of the engine” on the portable home console and are continuing to explore what they can achieve with the hardware.
Tabata doesn’t want this to be perceived as a negative comment about Nintendo Switch, as the team did not specifically optimise the Luminous Engine for the console – only loading it to see how it would perform. They have also run tests on Unity and Unreal Engine 4 and noted that these ran well on Nintendo Switch.
Now able to better understand the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch hardware, they are exploring what they can achieve on the platform. As with Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition and the Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, they want to ensure that they will make the most from the platform’s unique promise to let players play anywhere, at any time, and with anyone.