It looks like the Switch is finally getting Final Fantasy XV. Sort of.
In what appears to be another announcement that was slated for the latest Nintendo Direct–which was postponed due to the earthquake in Japan–Square Enix has announced Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD for Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While the Switch version is listed as “scheduled for release soon,” the PS4 and Xbone editions are now available for download on their respective sites.
Originally released to Android, iOS and Windows earlier this year, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD is an abridged version of Square Enix’s latest mainline entry from 2016. The Pocket Edition tells the same story as its bulky big brother: Crown Prince Noctis and his merry trio of boy band members/royal attendants/buddies head off to meet up with the prince’s bride-to-be but soon must overcome dark challenges when their kingdom is overthrown. However, this version tells its tale in a more streamlined format that features significantly cuter (and significantly less system-taxing) “chibi” style graphics. Combat is similar if simplified, the original game’s voice acting is still there, as is that trademark Final Fantasy melodrama that has kept the series going across three decades. It’s all just in a low-polygon presentation that won’t cause your Switch to melt during the introduction.
In light of this pocket-sized announcement, do you think Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD’s Switch release means there’s no chance the system will also get a version of the original behemoth? Nintendo Enthusiast’s own Matt Graff has already stated his desire to see this “impossible game” on the Switch. He did, however, believe that some concessions must be made for that to be possible. What do you think? Is Final Fantasy XV on Switch no longer a possibility, especially in light of this pending pocket release? Commiserate in the comments.
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He’s written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.