Final Fantasy XV’s Director Gives His Thoughts On the Nintendo Switch

by Robert Workman


Even though a Final Fantasy game currently isn’t in development for the system, that doesn’t mean the people behind the series aren’t fond of the Nintendo Switch.

In fact, game director Hajime Tabata had some nice words about the system. The man who helped shape together Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV recently spoke with Polygon in regards to how he felt about the hardware.

“I’ve worked on handheld titles, but I’ve also worked on console games,” he explained. “So the fact that Switch is both at the same time is really fascinating to me. I’m really interested in coming up with ideas and how to capitalize on that technology and how to create the best experience possible on the technology. But I’m not quite sure that I have it yet.

“You have your Switch sitting in front of the television and you’re playing on the big screen and then you take it out, put it down on the table. It becomes a monitor. You take out the two Joy-Cons, and you play with a friend…it doesn’t stop there, because in my mind, it would be really perfect if you could then take this new monitor and use it like a tablet, for example, and play different apps on it like you would on your iPhone or your Android. So basically, it’s accomplishing three tasks in one machine. It’s kind of like the dream machine.”

That said, Square Enix has thrown support behind the system with a pair of Dragon Quest Heroes games coming for it, along with various other titles, but a Final Fantasy game hasn’t been confirmed yet. That said, the team, Tabata included, are “really interested in the Switch,” so who knows what can be announced down the road.

The Nintendo Switch arrives on March 3rd for $299.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.