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Final Fantasy XV Director is Fascinated By The Nintendo Switch

by Dean James


The Nintendo Switch is set to release in less than a week, but one of the biggest questions about the system is what games will be coming to it after release. We already know of a few first party titles, but third party is going to be very important for the success of the system. Square Enix was one of the developers listed as being a partner with Nintendo on the Nintendo Switch, and the director of one of their biggest recent games is intrigued by the system.

In a rather long interview about the future of Final Fantasy XV in general with Polygon, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata ended up talking about the Nintendo Switch. He has already stated before that Final Fantasy XV would not be coming to Switch, but that does not mean he isn’t intrigued by the system.

“Given my track record… I’ve worked on handheld titles, but I’ve also worked on console games. So the fact that Switch is both at the same time is really fascinating to me. I’m really interested in coming up with ideas and how to capitalize on that technology and how to create the best experience possible on the technology. But I’m not quite sure that I have it yet.”

Tabata went on further to say that while he isn’t currently working on anything for the Nintendo Switch, a lot of people on his staff are very interested in the system regardless.

He also mentioned about how the Switch serves different functions as a whole console, multiplayer using the two Joy-Cons with a friend, and also as a portable system, which makes it “like the dream machine.” This was similar to what Hideo Kojima said recently by calling the system a “gamer’s dream.”

There is no question the Nintendo Switch has piqued more interest than the Wii U did from third party developers at the start, due to being much easier to develop for, so hopefully this will pan out and we’ll see a slew of third party support moving forward.

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