Hello, this is Masashi Takahashi, the Producer of project OCTOPATH TRAVELER for Nintendo Switch.
It’s already been two months since we released the project OCTOPATH TRAVELER demo version. The end of October marked the cut-off point for our gameplay survey, and despite only running it for around six weeks, we received 45,500 responses from across the world, which was a great honour and a huge surprise! Thank you all very much for taking part!
We’re reading through each of the responses we’ve received, and we’ll get back to you in due course with the results of the survey. We’ll also provide impressions and ideas that the development team have had in response to your comments.
In the meantime, I just wanted to take this moment to say a big thank you for the wonderful reception you’ve given us so far. We’re working hard on development, and I hope you’ll all continue to support project OCTOPATH TRAVELER!
Square-Enix still showing interest in bringing Final Fantasy XIV to Switch, having "positive discussions"
We've heard a few times now that Square-Enix has some interest in bringing Final Fantasy XIV to the Switch. The opportunity came up once again to ask Square-Enix how that was going, and Final Fantasy XIV dev Naoki Yoshida had the following to say.
"I'd like to open it up to as many platforms as possible - we want to include as many players as possible. Not just Switch - even Xbox, if it's interested in this, we'd like to open it up. We'd like to have it on as much hardware as possible. Even though the hardware might be different, they will be playing in the same world - it has to have cross server function. That's something that's at the core of FF14, so we'd want to keep that as a policy.
We have no intention to divide the servers per platform - we're working with one big community. I'm interested in other platforms, of course - I hope those first parties change their policies or mindsets. I'm an MMORPG gamer - I'd love to play with many people globally, and we've been talking to those platforms about getting it on their hardware. Positive discussion is ongoing. It's not as if we're not doing anything - we are actually talking to them, and the platform holders are showing their attitude in a more positive way."
Square-Enix's full statement on supporting Switch - Interest in creating new IP and rebooting past titles
We've already heard that Square-Enix has some big interest in supporting the Switch. Those tidbits came from some translations from various sources, but now we have the official translation from Square-Enix themselves. You can see the company's full Switch statements below.
Q: Where do you intend to prioritize allocation of your development resources going forward?
A: We base our development resource allocations on the unique attributes of each platform. In particular, Nintendo Switch makes it easier for us to leverage our back catalog of assets and expertise, so we want to be proactive in creating new IP and rebooting past titles for that platform.
Q: What do you think of Nintendo Switch, and how are you approaching development efforts for it?
A: Nintendo Switch is seeing rapid uptake, and we welcome the arrival of such a platform. We intend to be proactive in our development efforts given that it’s a platform that is well suited to the mid-sized titles at which we excel.
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Hey Square-Enix, perhaps with your newfound appreciation for the Switch, you could see it fit to bring Dragon Quest X stateside! There are plenty of fans here who want to give the game a go. I mean, why not put a poll out there and gauge interest?
As we just mentioned a few minutes ago, Square-Enix is big on Switch. They're ready to really start pouring some support out for the system. Here's the latest tidbits from the company themselves.
- Project Octopath Traveler and Dragon Quest XI Switch seem on-track for next fiscal year
- Switch’s momentum is strong and Nintendo doing great is good for Square-Enix.
- Switch is ideal for middle-range games, which Square-Enix is good at making, so they will work on these aggressively
- when considering games for Switch, Square-Enix won’t rule out any IPs
- this includes new ones, currently active ones and not-active ones
- new Switch games may become multi-platform, but Square Enix promise to “aggressively make games for Switch”
SquareEnix:— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) November 8, 2017
-Switch's core architecture similar to PS4/Xbox One. Some adjustment necessary, but multi-platform games not impossible https://t.co/n3EyUYnFqZ
You know what I really appreciate lately? We have third parties coming out saying the Switch is able to slide in there with PS4/XB1 when it comes to games. Yes, some concessions will have to be made, but you can get the core experience up-and-running with some work. The reason I appreciate this is because a couple other third parties are claiming you can't do stuff like this and it doesn't make sense. Just goes to show who's up for the work, and who's making excuses.
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