I had no idea this was even an issue, but Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese speaking video game fans have never had the chance to enjoy a Final Fantasy game in their native languages. Square Enix is aiming to fix this oversight, and it is proud to announce that the next in the series will be available in both languages for the first time in franchise history.
Director Hajime Tabata made the announcement in two separate videos subtitled with the respective languages. The transcript in English can be seen below.
“Thank you to all of our Final Fantasy fans in Latin America and Brazil for always supporting us. Last year I visited Mexico for the first time to promote Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.
And through the Mexican media I could personally see the passion of the fans in Mexico and neighboring regions.
From that moment I started thinking about how to compensate for the passionate fans in all of Latin America and Brazil. So this time, we took the opportunity to respond to his enthusiasm for Final Fantasy XV and decided to release a new version of the game with text localization in Spanish Latin American and Brazilian Portuguese.
We think the story and one of the most important elements of the Final Fantasy games and would like players in Latin America and Brazil to be able to enjoy this story in their own language.
Right now, we are working on the localization of these two languages along with our localization partners, and are taking care to ensure that this version of Final Fantasy XV is the best possible version of the game. So please look forward to the launch!”
Shortly after the videos were posted, Square Enix confirmed that the game would also be getting German and French voice options as well.
Final Fantasy XV is due for release in 2016. Square Enix is expected to announce a release date on March 30.