The PC is not entirely bereft of Big Hair And Superfluous Zippers: The Neverending (Candy) Saga, which is sometimes colloquially referred to as “Final Fantasy.” The series’ MMO entries, FFXI and FFXIV, got their starts here, and PlayStation One classics FFVII and FFVIII recently received refurbished Steam ports. That majority of numbered Final Fantasy games, however, have stuck to the realm of buttons, thumbsticks, and cameras that have yet to change gaming in any meaningful way. But that might be changing sooner rather than later. Very late to the party but nonetheless welcome, Square Enix has finally realized that maybe people kinda like playing games on their PCs after all.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase explained his company’s renewed interest in PC:
“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. 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.”
“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.”
He further cited great success with the Steam versions of FFVII and FFVIII as positive signs, but having toes in the water doesn’t make for a cannon ball. Kitase admitted that there’s still much work to be done on Square’s end if they want to get it right.
Still though, this is encouraging news for people who like these sorts of games (can’t say I do anymore, but that doesn’t mean I never did), and who knows? Maybe we’ll see Final Fantasy XV on PC before it’s all said and done. Or perhaps we won’t because that game has been in development since the Dawn of the First Age of Man, and it’s had more reinventions and name-changes than an aging, drug-addled hip-hop star.
Now if we could get a version of Bravely Default on PC, well, that would be something.