Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has announced at Gamescom 2017 what is maybe the most unexpected iteration of the game that we could imagine. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is a fully realized remake of the console game especially adapted for mobile devices, featuring a cartooney artstyle much less graphically demanding than the prime version.
Pocket Edition is launching this fall for iOS, Android, and Windows 10, and will tell the full story of Final Fantasy XV in 10 downloadable episodes, with the first one being available for free. The gameplay has been reworked into some easy to use touch controls, and the new artstyle is traying to appeal the wider audience of mobile games. And while the gameplay seems to have been simplified, most core elements like boss battles, events, and summons seems to have been kept in.
A year after the console release, Square Enix now wants to expand the business life of the game by finding new audiences. This way, the recently announced Windows Edition will try to appeal to the hardcore players who can afford running the game at the highest specs, while this Pocket Edition is for the casual gamers that are not invested in graphics or complex gameplay mechanics.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition launches this fall for iOS, Android, and Windows 10. Watch the trailer below.