Square-Enix continues to look at bringing Final Fantasy XV to Switch, doing multiple tests, talking to Nintendo/Epic
Coming from a Eurogamer interview with Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata...
"We're actually doing very specific technical investigations into what's possible at the moment. Where we are at the moment - we've completed those tests and have worked out where the ground lies. We're currently in the middle of the discussion and debate about what we should be doing, and how to realise that on the Switch.
The other thing - you see the mobile version, the PC version, one thing we value is to optimise the way the game plays and the experience for the individual hardware it's on rather than a one-size fits all approach. We can't currently announce anything - we haven't come to a full decision on the best way to do it yet. We're having very open, frank discussions with Nintendo at the moment about what they think is the best thing to do. It's all under investigation.
Honestly, when we did the technical test to see if we could use the same native engine we used on other console versions on the Switch, we tried to run it there, the results weren't satisfactory. It wasn't what you'd want from a final game. It doesn't mean that's the end of that - we're looking at the options, like the customisation of the engine. To give you an example how open those discussions are - we're talking to Epic at the moment, about maybe what we could possibly do there, and if we did a Switch version maybe we'd be able to partner and do something there. Their Unreal environment is just amazing, and will be very useful. You have to have all those options on the table - without that it'd be impossible to make a decision about what we can do on that platform."
Square-Enix has been celebrating the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy in all sorts of ways, and today they've revealed one of the most unique collaborations yet. In a partnership with Winehouse.com, Square-Enix will be releasing Ifrit Rouge and Shiva Blanc wines. The Ifrit Rouge is a red wine, while the Shiva Blanc is a white. Ifrit Rogue is a 2016 Pinot Noir and the Shiva Blanc is a 2015 Chardonnay. Both were made in Mâcon, in Bourgogne, France by Xavier Greuzard with grapes from the Château des Bois’ vineyard. You can grab these libations for $55 each for 750ml bottles.
project OCTOPATH TRAVELER is an exclusive Nintendo Switch RPG from the producers of the Bravely Default series, releasing in spring 2018. But if that sounds way too long to wait, worry not – you can give it a go already with a free* demo, available to download now from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, or via the project OCTOPATH TRAVELER website**.
Step into the shoes of eight travellers, each with their own origin, talents and goals, and explore the faraway land of Orsterra as you see fit. Each character can interact with the people they encounter in a distinct way.
For example, the warrior, Olberic, can “challenge” others to duels to bring them to justice, or the dancer, Primrose, might “allure” a character into following her into a trap.
You can find out more, and discover a combat system that fuses simple, pick-up-and-play, turn-based battles with all-new mechanics, in these videos from the latest Nintendo Direct presentation.
Which path will you take? Try out the free* demo for yourself and see where it takes you!
project OCTOPATH TRAVELER will be available in spring 2018, only on Nintendo Switch.
Happy to announce I voice Primrose in the demo of Octopath Traveler, which is available now on the Nintendo Switch! pic.twitter.com/xiwQvvjAr3— Laura Post (@LauraPostVoice) September 14, 2017
If you've played the Project Octopath Traveler demo, you might be wondering who was behind the voice of Primrose. Well wonder no more, as Laura Post confirmed she handled the role. Laura has quite an extensive history with voice working, playing the parts of Aria Lieze in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, Ragyo Kiryuin in Kill la Kill, Rosalia in Sword Art Online, Eri Watabe in Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne, Bosbos in Redline, Ahri in League of Legends, Queen Azshara in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Valentine in Skullgirls, and Arfoire in Hyperdimension Neptunia.
Coming from a GameSpot interview with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata...
"I've heard a lot from the dev team and their reactions to having played it. But just from hearing the stories and the feedback, you know, we can tell that it's a really complete game. It's very polished, almost a perfect game in that regard. And our goals are probably to take that experience that players felt with Breath of the Wild, but with our own technology and our own know-how. We have in our disposal to create a very, very high-quality game with a strong visual element to it, while creating a world that's really immersive and really beautiful. That's probably our goals in terms of what we want to be with our next project."
Thanks to Happydude633 for the heads up!