A recent update from Final Fantasy‘s official Japanese Twitter account confirmed that Square Enix’s unprecedented ‘Pocket Edition’ of Final Fantasy XV will launch on iOS devices February 9th, 2018. The game is expected to launch on Android and Windows 10 devices shortly after. Currently, the official website lists all versions will be live “this winter.”
The game was originally slated for release in Fall 2017.
Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is an impressive and unique port, in that it reproduces just about every element of the full game on phone and tablets, downscaled to a less graphics-heavy experience. The biggest example of the visual difference is in the character models, which have been translated into cuter, more simplistic versions of their original designs. The game’s controls have obviously been overhauled as well to work using touch controls rather than a console controller.
The entire game will be available at launch, though it’s broken up into 10 distinct chapters, which can be purchased in one go for $19.99, or individually at the following prices:
- Chapter 1: Free
- Chapter 2: $0.99 USD
- Chapter 3: $0.99 USD
- Chapter 4: $3.99 USD
- Chapter 5: $3.99 USD
- Chapter 6: $3.99 USD
- Chapter 7: $3.99 USD
- Chapter 8: $3.99 USD
- Chapter 9: $3.99 USD
- Chapter 10: $3.99 USD
There’s no indication Final Fantasy: Pocket Edition will include the various DLC additions offered to the standard Xbox One, PS4 and PC platforms.
As far as we can tell, this type of wholesale mobile port is unlike anything else tried before with a game of this scale and in motion, it mirrors the version we played in 2016 surprisingly well. The challenge for Square Enix very likely won’t be the Pocket Edition itself, then, but rather whether or not a game as large and involved as Final Fantasy XV will be in demand for phone and tablet users.
Of course, since Final Fantasy: Pocket Edition‘s announcement we’ve had the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and the elephant in the room is whether or not Final Fantasy XV will appear on the Switch in either form down the line. Considering the gargantuan development cost in bringing FFXV to launch over its 13-year gestation, it may be in Square Enix’s purview to push the game onto every platform possible.
Images: Square Enix