New details about possible future updates for Final Fantasy XV have come to light after Japanese gaming publication Weekly Famitsu published an interview with the game’s director Hajime Tabata. As translated over at Gematsu the director gives his insight into player satisfaction with the game, possible changes and whether it will be coming to VR and PC.
Final Fantasy XV was one of the biggest releases of 2016 and according to director Tabata has been doing well in digital sales both in Japan and abroad. Although the game has sold well Square Enix has received positive and negative feedback from its players around the world. According to the interview, the most negative feedback is in regards to the game’s story. “... players that put maximum priority on story have the same opinion as those in Japan (their level of satisfaction is low),” admits Hajime Tabata.
Although the story may be the least satisfying part of FFXV the game’s director says there weren’t really any parts of the story that had to be cut out of the game before it was ready for release. Story issues aside, there are other aspects of the game that Tabata is considering improving but few things he is willing to commit to. For instance, the remake of Chapter 13 may come with the ability for players that have already beaten the game to replay just that section.
Other game improvements that Tabata and the Final Fantasy XV development team are “thinking” about include faster loading times for fast-travel, making the world fully traversable by car and adding more areas players will be able to explore. While traveling the entire world by car is a hope of the director’s he confesses, “... the prospect of implementing it is impractical.” As far as adding new areas to the world, such as expanding Insomnia, it’s possible in future expansions but don’t get your hopes up. The process would be “difficult” according to the director and “would take a year’s worth of work.”
It was announced during E3 2016 that there would be VR content for FFXV including being able to play as Prompto. When Famitsu asked the director about VR he said, “Development is progressing, but we haven’t progressed to the point where we can say specifically when it will be released.” So what about new platforms for the action role-playing game? A PC version sounds likely-sometime in the future-complete with mod support.
“I’d like to release the game on PC as a technical attempt. I want to show PC users Final Fantasy XV running on high-end machines, and we personally would like to see it, too. Also, I would like to try developing on PC to pursue a unique way of playing with PC-exclusive features like making your own quests and enjoying the world using things like mods." - Hajime Tabata, Director of Final Fantasy XVThis comes not long after the release date of some of upcoming DLC for Final Fantasy XV was revealed, with Episode Gladiolus coming in March.
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