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Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV Will Be Considered For Any Hardware That Uses DirectX 11
In the second part of his internal E3 interview with Square Enix, Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy XV director Tetsuya Nomura voices a few of his thoughts on the latter game. Nomura’s revelations of Final Fantasy XV aren’t as interesting as on Kingdom Hearts, but below is the video, in case you want to watch. The FF talk begins a little after the halfway mark.
Here are a few interesting tidbits from the talk with Nomura:
As previously reported, discussions regarding renaming Versus XIII to Final Fantasy XV began early on, and the final decision was made a couple of years ago.
There isn’t much of a turn-based style to the game, but there is a Command system as well. The game won’t be an “action-only” game. It needs to have the taste of Final Fantasy.
Imagine what it would feel like if Final Fantasy were to become an action game.
Noctis can battle by himself, but will be able to cooperate with other players/characters. The teamplay will also be connected to the game’s story. (Note: Whether this refers to multiplayer or AI-controlled team players is unknown, although Nomura has mentioned the possibility of multiplayer)
Noctis can’t actually defy gravity as it may seem to appear in the trailer; he can teleport himself into the air. The idea is to create a balance between realism and fantastical game actions.
Final Fantasy XV is being created at a quality higher than next-gen consoles are capable of, and the game is being ported down to consoles capable of running DirectX 11. Nomura specifically says that Square Enix will consider releasing the game for other hardware capable of running DirectX 11 as well. We’re going to assume that a PC release for FFXV is a very serious possibility.
Final Fantasy XV is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Final Fantasy XV E3 2013 Trailer - E3 2013 Sony Conference
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PC versus consoles: Final Fantasy XV PC version a possibility
I’ll start with a disclaimer: this story’s actually a month old, but I’ve only just noticed it now and it’s sort of interesting. Sorry!
Talking to Famitsu magazine (via Polygon, and the translation is likely theirs too), Tetsuya Nomura – the director of The Game Formerly Known As Final Fantasy Versus XIII and now called Final Fantasy XV – explained that a PC version is a possibility.
As is becoming more and more common the game itself is actually being developed on a PC and is being ported across to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from there. “Previously we proceeded with development based on the capabilities of consoles like the PS3,” explained Nomura. “Now, though, we’re developing on DirectX 11, not based on the PS4 or the Xbox One.”
“As a result, the original Final Fantasy XV runs on a pretty high-spec PC, and how close a console gets to this original depends on its specs.”
When asked if this means that a PC version is possible, Nomura responded honestly but fairly positively. “This isn’t something we’ve really discussed, but it depends on the demand. Currently it’d require a pretty expensive PC, but if we get a lot of people in the future who want to play it with full specs, I think we can discuss supporting that.”
Considering that Final Fantasy VII topped out Steam’s top sellers list for the week it was released, I think you can argue that there’s definitely an audience for this particular series. Sounds a bit Dark Souls, too – once the game itself comes out, some sort of petition requesting a PC version may actually get a bit of attention. If nothing else, it certainly sounds like Square Enix will be keeping their eyes open to see if there’s a market for this.
FINAL FANTASY XV - Battle Gameplay First Look (E3 2013)
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