Square Enix Interested In Bringing Future Final Fantasy Games To PC

By Ishaan . February 19, 2014 . 5:31am

Square Enix are interested in bringing future Final Fantasy games to PC, Final Fantasy series producer Yoshinori Kitase said in a talk with Eurogamer.

 

“Let’s not forget, when we developed the Final Fantasy 13 series, all three titles, at the early stages of development we were working on PC,” Kitase said.

 

“Then we had to port it to the consoles. As far as the technology is concerned, it would have been possible for us to make a PC version, but we decided against it for two reasons: we looked at the market situation and we didn’t think it would be a good idea, and also it would have involved lots of complex issues like security. So we decided not to do it this time around.”

 

However, Kitase added, Square Enix do see potential in the PC market for the future.

 

“But we see potential in it and there are lots of regions and countries where PC is very strong,” Kitase shared. “So in terms of our hope of being able to deliver our games to every single country in the world and to as many gamers as possible, yes, we would definitely be interested in pursuing that route in the future.”

 

It bears mentioning that both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III use DirectX 11 for development. Both games are being developed at a quality higher than next-gen consoles are capable of, and then ported down to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which use very similar architecture to PCs, facilitating easy porting and multiplatform development.

 

Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura, who is directing both games, has stated in the past that the company will consider bringing Final Fantasy XV to other hardware capable of running DirectX 11 as well. Once again, the possibility of Final Fantasy XV appearing on PC is looking very likely.


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  • Raine

    Well son of a bitch.

    The day where mods can do some awesome stuffs with Kingdom Hearts PC. Though, I rather have Final Fantasy IX PC edition first :)

  • Roll Caskett

    How about releasing FFIX,X,XII for the PC first ?

  • http://zhixson.wix.com/portfolio Zachary Hixson

    Yes please.

  • Tiduas

    I don’t mind these games coming to a wide variety of consoles since more people can enjoy them. Go for it Square-Enix!

  • neocatzon

    PC = mods = yay.

    • Quan Chi

      As if good mods actually come out :P

      • neocatzon

        Skyrim might be a good example for a game saved by mods. They fixed everything Bethesda wreck before official patch and add more lifetime to the game. The list of games benefiting from mods are too vast to listed here.

        • Quan Chi

          Nobody will make good mods for a game that already has good graphics. The only mods that are viable to square games are the bad ports of 7 and 8. Other than that, Square’s new games will already look good.

          • Suicunesol

            You are making the assumption that mods are only for cosmetic purposes? Of course mods will be made if there is an opportunity.

            That is, assuming SQ allows their game to be modded.

          • Quan Chi

            okay, then tell me. What other mods are there for square games and none mmo games that are actually good?

          • Suicunesol

            I don’t know. Why limit my answer to Square games? I haven’t played most of Square’s PC games. But I have played Skyrim and Oblivion which both looked great at their time, but still enjoyed one of the most active modding communities ever.

          • Quan Chi

            You clearly said keep out cosmetics…

          • DesmaX
          • Quan Chi

            We’ve already went over skyrim. You keep naming one game. Name more than 8 games who’s mods arent only visual. Better yet, name more than 5.

          • DesmaX

            The developers do need to make a Mod kit in order for modders to be able to make more complex mods.

            If you want example on games that allow you to do that, you can check out the Steam Workshop (An enviroment where you can check game mods and automatically install to your games)

            http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/

          • Quan Chi

            As I thought and said earlier, most are mmos and games that alot of ppl don’t really like to play. For games that ppl do play alot, they are mostly nude mods or poor quality visual mods.

    • pokeslob

      honestly greatly dislike mods, I think it takes away from the original game, as if it wasn’t good enough to begin with… PC gamers made an EASY MODE mod for Dark Souls, that literally defeats the purpose of the game, the game is SUPPOSED TO BE HARD! it’s okay in Skyrim because that game was already mediocre, but I’ll be damned if people mess with XV

      • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

        It depends greatly on the game. Some games are popular enough that they get more good mod support than others, especially in the form of total-conversion modes. And FFXV looking as stylish as it does, and having as many systems as it apparently does, there’s so much a dedicated, smart team of modders could do with it.

      • Jero

        Yeah well, it was a pretty shitty port too so there are great mods for dark souls, like hd textures and bug fixing. Also mods are optional and free, I don’t see how anyone could be against it. It’s not like devs will make poor games just because fans will fix them.

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        if you don’t like mods you have the option to not use them and keep your game pure as it is, so I don’t see how you can get pissed by people modding their games. Also the FF community makes really good mods. Dissidia 012 got lots of decents mods. the community even do their own DLCs like Caius Ballad model for Jecht, Valkyrie Light costume. Kingdom hearts Stages and keyblades, Type-0 Costumes and more. There’s even some fans doing a complete overhaul in the PC version of VIII

  • JMaster3000

    Bring FFX/X2 HD on PC and i’ll be forever happy!

    • Kenny Loh

      Agreed, they should bring this FFX/X-2 HD to PC as well, it also don’t need super high-end PC to playing it, available for most PC gamers it would be a great market too.

  • Masa

    FFXV already looks beautiful on consoles……….on a pc though, i think mine would explode!

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    FFXV on PC in stereoscopic 3D. *drool* :D

    • Namuro

      That would be pretty amazing…

    • neocatzon

      I’m watching downvotes in real time, cool! It’s still counting!

  • Yggdr5

    Translation: “We produce increasingly bad FF games which sell worse with every new installment. Since milking our console based Fans with overpriced DLC doesn’t compensate the decline in sales anymore we’re now desperate enough to be finally considering bringing new FF games to the PC as well. PS: With a heavy mark-up and no extras or pre-order bonuses for Europe as usual”

    • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

      How cynical of you.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        A well-deserved cynicism.

        • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

          Sure, if you believe so.

    • Minos

      …Weird.

      Why haven’t you been attacked by a pack of angry Squeenix Viral Marketers?

    • Thor Mjolnirs

      “With a heavy mark-up”

      You know Square Enix puts out their games on Steam, right? So there’s going to be Steam sales.

    • Samsara09

      http://www.siliconera.com/2012/07/19/the-final-fantasy-xiii-project-sold-9-6-million-units-so-there-will-be-more-xiii/

      Well,here is the numbers your analyses lack,plus the following info:It is a fact a sequel will sell worse then the original and the decrease shall increase with each sequel.So,your brilliant analyses doesn’t hold quite well,SE is expecting it.
      Also,you should check the sells of all main entry final fantasies(not including sequels),mister economist,you will be surprised.The numbers are somewhat consistent…a few million up,a few down,but all of them are behemoth console sellers

      • chibidw

        If it’s a “fact”, I wonder why Square absolutely insisted on finding a way to continue that convoluted XIII universe twice?

        …Oh wait, right. Gross managerial incompetence. That’s also a thing.

        • Samsara09

          You would probably say that XV got delayed because of the sequels,but that is a fallacy.Compare the scope of the sequels and XV,along with the number of people involved in those products.Any delay they did was probably minimum.XIV,however,indeed delayed everything.

          Oh,downvoting me is a really cheap tactic when you have nothing to say,isn’t it?I can do it too,you know.

        • Samsara09

          Also,with each game the trilogy got cheaper,with less people and resources involved.Compare XIII,XIII-2 and LR.So you see,they made XIII-2 and LR in a way that anything they would sell would be profit.That isn’t a perfect management,but is passable.

          Also,had the trilogy not happened,we woulldn’t have any new final fantasy ever since 2010 til when XV releases…after,what,3-4 empty years that succeeded XII.That would be pratically a decade.

        • Samsara09

          since you will ignore me,I will at least make things easy for you,see.Also,XIII’s ending insinuated a sequel,when lightning said they had a vision of everyone-along with Fang and Vanille-smilling.Well,crystals don’t smile.

        • Samsara09

          Why they insisted?Well,you will probably ignore me.The fabula crystalis’s myth is quite rich.And each game(XIII,XV,type-0) has a different interpretation and execution.XIII,however,barely used it.

      • Minos

        I love when people make these “Analyses” without taking in account the install base.

  • BitBoy

    Although i would love to see mods being made for KH and FF, I don’t blame them for skipping on PC due to the actual market. Though if steam machines become more popular, maybe that would be a good enough reason. :o

  • EinMugenTenshin

    Finally I can play some of my favorite franchises without exposing to my wife how much I actually play them. Thumbs up, Enix!

    • Nanaki

      A husband needn’t hide away from a hobby. The wife should embrace what he holds dear to him.

      • EinMugenTenshin

        Charming in theory, but how many women survive day in and day out of this? -_-

  • Alex Ocean

    Smart business move. Consoles are a dying breed.

    • Kenny Loh

      consoles are not dying breed, lol there still lot good jrpgs will keep staying as consoles exclusive anyway :)

    • icecoffemix

      PS1:

      4 months (one territory) – March 31st, 1995 – 0.85 million
      10 months – September 30th, 1995 – 1.77 million
      16 months – March 31st, 1996 – 4.26 million
      22 months – September 30th, 1996 – 8.07 million
      28 months – March 31st, 1997 – 13.50 million

      PS2:

      1 month (one territory) – March 31st, 2000 – 1.41 million
      7 months (one territory) – September 30th, 2000 – 3.52 million
      13 months – March 31st, 2001 – 10.61 million
      19 months – September 30th, 2001 – 19.58 million
      22 months – December 30th, 2001 – 24.99 million

      PS3:

      1 month – December 31st, 2006 – 1.7 million
      4 months – March 31st, 2007 – 3.5 million
      7 months – June 30th, 2007 – 4.2 million
      10 months – September 30th, 2007 – 5.5 million
      13 months – December 31st, 2007 – 10.4 million

      PS4:

      1 day – November 16th, 2013 – 1 million
      2 weeks – December 1st, 2013 – 2.1 million
      1 month – December 28th, 2013 – 4.2 million
      3 months – February 8th, 2014 – 5.3 million

      Yep, it’s dying. LOL.

      • Minos

        Use the whole numbers and you will see a diferent panorama.

        • icecoffemix

          Unfortunately I’m not from the future so I don’t know the PS4 number years from now.

          • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

            That isn’t what he meant. Your argument is talking about the present. Alex’s comment was referring to the future of game platforms in general. Posting PlayStation console numbers from ten years ago is completely irrelevant to this discussion, as it is no indicator of the current games market.

            I know you love PlayStation platforms, but PS4 isn’t the solution to everything. The market is shifting, more and more platforms are being introduced, and Square need to put their games out in relevant places so that their brands keep reaching out to relevant audiences.

          • chibidw

            Actually, if the PS4 is selling in three months what it took the PS3 almost a year, that may be indicative of increased market penetration – Which is a *good* thing.

            If Square’s future titles continue to sell poorly even on the PS4/XBO despite the larger install base, it would be more of an indication of the obvious and increasing cynicism towards their performance as a developer.

          • Minos

            I mean the WHOLE console market.

            I know that Sony fanboys think of themselves as the center of the Universe, but didn’t know they also didn’t even know there are other consoles.

            At the current numbers, even if the PS4 sells 300 millions the console Market will under-perform this GEN.

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        From 1 month selling 4.2m to 3 month it only moved 1.1m that supply issues is gonna make it sell a lot slower.

  • Kenny Loh

    finally some good news appear from SE, lol, PC would be a good idea and there will be more peoples can playing this epic game, but only have to buy a very high-end PC to play it if you don’t want set it as the most lowest settings :D lol jk jk

  • God

    Security? Dude… FFXII has NO security, the game every FFXII game has leaked between 6-10 months before the actual release date…

  • Zer0faith

    This game has the hype of nearly a decade going for it. Here’s hoping it can live up to that FF x GTA feeling people think it will have.
    http://waa.ai/Leq

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    Why? So the pervs can make nude mods of FF characters?

    Waaaaaaaait a minute….

  • Stranger On The Road

    Note, the PS4 does NOT support DX11, it supports OpenGL 4.x plus Playstation’s own graphics API. On the same note, the Wii U supports DX11 [if I remember correctly].

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      I should’ve been clearer. I meant that both consoles are capable of running games developed using DirectX 11 without significant issues while porting them over.

  • MrRobbyM

    It would sure be weird to play a FF game on PC but it’d definitely be better. I’d like to if I upgrade my PC before then.

  • http://www.myspace.com/Juan_Rod bluejuan85

    Yes Please. ^_^

  • The Watcher

    technically any game can be made on PC because you use PC to develop games.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Kingdom Hearts 3 on PC. DO IT!

  • Raserengan

    if square enix port FF XV or KH III on PC im promise i will not fap2 again

  • http://gamesero.wordpress.com/ Arla

    Never been a Final Fantasy fan, but XV looks fantastic. I just built a having PC, so it Square.

  • Kamen Rider Rayz

    Come on Square Enix, lets just get straight to the point that Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 will be available on PC in the future. Lol XD

  • DesmaX

    Oh yeah. Can’t even begin to image how beautiful FF XV and KH III would be on PC’s.

    And, of course, gimme Steam Workshop support too

  • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

    Sometimes I wonder why I read the comments on any FF article anywhere… it’s the same all the time, and I guess people don’t get tired of venting hate for a company they probably still support.
    I don’t get it anymore…

    • Bunzi

      the other extreme isn’t much more productive, I think. If anything, blind loyalty to a declining brand isn’t going to improve it.

      • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

        If you think I have blind loyalty to SE, you’re sorely mistaken.

      • Samsara09

        we fans need an “intelligent” way of supporting SE.Also,Taijutus-joshua is right.

        Bashing them to hell won’t change anything and will just make comunication between us and SE more difficult…

        boycotting them will just make things worse:Imagine,the fans boycott FF and the series dies?Well,people here will use the excuse that is was solely SE’s fault…

        We are fans,we are supposed to support SE,first and foremost.What you guys are doing will just ruin everything.Part of supporting SE is indeed criticizing weakpoints of the games…but this negativity is ridiculous.

  • CirnoLakes

    Tehehehe.

    The future is so bright. All of the Japanese developers are coming to the PC.

    • MrRobbyM

      I’m actually more excited for the possibilities that come with this than the game on PC itself. If Square does manage to release FF14 on PC, that means a lot of other Japanese devs will have have more incentive to.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    I understand than reservations about putting it on PC. I mean it will just be pirated to high hell if on PC. Sure they’ll make money off the majority, but the pirate community grows stronger every year amd less are buying games. Sure you can pirate console games, but its not as easy.

    • Masa

      seeing as this game is ps4/Xbone it won’t be pirated at all.

  • MrJechgo

    For that they would need to RELEASE FF games…

    Can’t they triple their working crews to slash the dev time by 3? Maybe we would get more FF games is they weren’t taking their time making them. I’m not saying that they should rush them, but maybe they should increase their number.

    Where’s the difference between spending $30 millions for 500 employees for 6 years and spending $30 millions for 1,500 employees for 2 years?

    • Tom_Phoenix

      The difference is that adding more people to the project isn’t automatically going to speed it up; like everything in life, adding increasingly more developers to a project is subject to diminishing returns.

      In fact, one could argue that 500 employees is already WAY too much, since trying to maintain communication and a coherent vision of the final product among so many people is an absolute nightmare.

  • harmonyworld

    More like: with our graphics pushing becoming more ambitious, we’d need a graphics card up to date and recent enough to compensate and pc’s can be updated quickly unlike consoles.
    I mean look at what they want to do with ff15, you’d need a killer graphics card for that and if the ps4 isn’t good enough, pc is the next best option.

  • Eilanzer

    just release for steam = auto profit

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