The Final Fantasy series is one of the most iconic creations in video game history and continues to attract a very passionate following. Unfortunately, the latest entries haven’t really been noteworthy or lived up to the original’s magical formula. Despite this, they are still a visual treat and took the previous consoles to their technical limits. Of course, the Final Fantasy franchise has strong roots in the console market and many of the games didn’t initially have a PC version.
Thankfully, the influx of obscure Japanese games and willingness from publishers to unleash JRPGs on the PC platform makes the notion of console exclusives less prevalent. Some time ago, Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and XIII Lightning returns came to Steam with enhanced visuals and an improved frame-rate. The next game in the series, Final Fantasy XV isn’t coming to PC, however this could change in the near future.
“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.”
While the current consoles are capable of running Final Fantasy XV, it might not fulfil the development team’s full artistic vision. Perhaps, a PC version in the future without any technical constraints could feature smoother gameplay and 4K support. Also, when the PC version is being made, it’s likely to be launched on new consoles with greatly improved hardware.