The Final Fantasy franchise has always been kind of a console thing. Aside from the MMO Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, all of the main Final Fantasy releases have been exclusive to consoles. The few titles that did get PC ports were typically low in quality. However, things may change in the future.
Series Producer Yoshinori Kitase hasn’t ruled out Final Fantasy coming to PC. In fact, all three Final Fantasy XIII games were originally developed on PC before being ported to PS3 and Xbox 360. Strangely, the PC version never made the cut.
“Let’s not forget, when we developed the Final Fantasy 13 series, all three titles, at the early stages of development we were working on PC,” Kitase said talking to Eurogamer. “Then we had to port it to the consoles. As far as the technology is concerned, it would have been possible for us to make a PC version, but we decided against it for two reasons: we looked at the market situation and we didn’t think it would be a good idea, and also it would have involved lots of complex issues like security. So we decided not to do it this time around.
“But we see potential in it and there are lots of regions and countries where PC is very strong. So in terms of our hope of being able to deliver our games to every single country in the world and to as many gamers as possible, yes, we would definitely be interested in pursuing that route in the future.”
The popularity of Final Fantasy VII and VIII on Steam is helping sway Square Enix’s opinion. Both games are available on Steam and have been doing really well.
“Final Fantasy VII and VIII are now available on PC and they’ve been proving quite popular. It’s an early stage for us. We haven’t got an awful lot of experience in this field. So when we have more know-how and experience in this market we would be very interested.”
The next entry in the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy XV, is releasing on PS4 and Xbox One in the near future.