Final Fantasy has always been one of the core defining series of console games. The linearity, the accessibility, the irks it causes PC RPG gamers to feel in their gut whenever it is even mentioned. However, Square Enix doesn’t believe this always has to be the case and is considering bringing future games to the PC platform.
Longtime Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Katase has spoken out to Eurogamer on the issue, stating that Square Enix does “see potential in it.” He reminds readers that Final Fantasy XIII was in development for the PC at one point but was scrapped because sales on PC weren’t nearly as strong as they are today, and security issues might have hampered it even further.
“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, the world is different now. PC gaming is dominating with digital distribution, and Square Enix might be singing a different tune with the evolving marketplace.
“But we see potential in it and there are lots of regions and countries where PC is very strong. 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.”
Both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III use DirectX 11 for development, and can easily be created well beyond what the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are capable of. I get a feeling if those games land on PCs, it will make Sony and Microsoft’s job that much harder to convince JRPG fans that their consoles are the future.
Also don’t forget that Final Fantasy XI is the most profitable game in the company’s history, and it saw a release on PC that has a community still thriving to this day, making Square Enix piles of money every month.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn‘s PC release saved the company from a second year in a row of operating in the red, and the two arguably most popular games in the series, Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, were thrown up on Steam last year.
“They’ve been proving quite popular,” said Kitase.
The timing is right, and the situation is right. Square Enix can’t argue with numbers like that. Funny how much my gaming life follows in the path of Final Fantasy. I jumped from Nintendo to the PlayStation, and now it feels like I am jumping from consoles to PCs and handhelds.
How are you feeling PC gamers? Sick to your stomach yet? The invasion is happening, and Baldur’s Gate now has to make room for Sephiroth and the gang.