(Update 9/14 11:48am): The Nintendo Switch version of Final Fantasy XV Pocket HD Edition is now available with launch pricing: $18 (Reg. $30).
Square Enix launched its latest entry in the storied Final Fantasy series in 2016 to critical praise (for the most part). That was followed up by a series of interesting DLC add-ons and then the Royal or complete Edition hit with loads of enhancements just before the iOS version dropped on the App Store. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition for mobile was initially revealed in summer 2017 before going live at the top of the year. But now it looks like a somewhat confusing series of events that led to a cancelled Nintendo Direct presentation is pointing at a wider rollout for Square’s handheld version of the game.
After a large earthquake devastated Hokkaido, Japan, Nintendo promptly cancelled the scheduled Direct even it had planned for last night. Most of these Direct presentations have some kind of announcements in them, but it looks like some of third-party launches had to drop anyway, despite the presentation being delayed. One such announcement came courtesy of Square Enix who not only announced, but also made the new Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition available on consoles.
The game makes use of Square’s adorable, blocky cartoon aesthetic and alters the layout and format to better suit mobile platforms. Having said that, it is also a great way for anyone interested in the latest Final Fantasy game but doesn’t have 30+ hours to sink into it. Certainly a more stripped experience than FF fans are used to, but it is nice to see it hit consoles for more casual players.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are already available for download and carry a $29.99 price tag. However, both versions are on sale via the respective digital marketplaces for $17.99. And these aren’t free-to-play like the mobile version, its one time payment and the whole thing is yours.
The game, known as Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD on consoles, is also scheduled to come available for the Nintendo Switch. But at this point the listing still reads as coming soon with no direct dates. This could be due to the cancelled Direct event and should be resolved shortly.
We also caught word of Civilization VI is coming to Switch (not yet available, no details just yet) and there is now a free demo available for Mega Man 11 on the eShop. Outside of that, it’s hard to say what else we were going to hear about in the Nintendo event.
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