We’ve learned a lot about the future of the Final Fantasy series after Square Enix’s UNCOVERED: FINAL FANTASY XV event, but one of the things that wasn’t really acknowledged was the possibility of a PC port. Many fans have exclaimed their desire for the next instalment of the series to make its way onto the PC platform, and seeing as progressively more of the older titles are finding their way onto Steam, it doesn’t seem like it’s outside of the realm of possibility for Final Fantasy XV to find a home there.
In a recent interview on Jeuxvideo.com, a French gaming and news website, Final Fantasy XV director, Hajime Tabata, stated that the game was being considered for a PC release.
I’m quite positive about the idea of developing a PC version, but I would like to make a very different project if possible. The reason I’m interested is that a PC version would propel the game to another technical level. I have in mind a version of Final Fantasy XV that is more technically developed. This version could incorporate things that we were forced to abandon because of the limitations of home consoles. With the PC, this would be an opportunity to release a version far superior in terms of quality and tech. That said, if we choose to develop this project, the development will start from scratch by doing research of what would be the best technology to use. It might not be a simple port of the console version.
Unfortunately, while it seems Tabata is keen to bring his creation to glorious PC, it isn’t likely that it will be happening in the near future, especially not on the day of release. However, the prospect of a fully fledged version of Final Fantasy XV on the PC introducing new features on much more powerful hardware has me excited nonetheless. Let’s hope that if Tabata’s plan becomes a reality, Square Enix brings more than 80 copies of the PC version to Australia, unlike the collectors edition for the PS4 and Xbox One versions. But that’s a harangue for another time.