Ever since the Nintendo Switch live event back in January, there haven’t been many new games announced for the fast-selling console, making some fans wonder if Nintendo will be able to get a hold of any good third-party developers. Thankfully, Nintendo has managed to win over one developer with a very strong track record: Square Enix.
Square Enix’s triumphant return to Nintendo was first reported when Japanese publication The Nikkei recently published an interview with Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda about the company’s plans for this year. One of the things to come up during the interview was the fact that Square Enix is focusing more on development for the Nintendo Switch than Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio. Matsuda said that having more platforms to choose from is good for content creators, which is why he hopes the Switch will be successful. He’d also like more titles currently in development by Square Enix, as well as existing titles like Final Fantasy XV to be ported to the Switch, if possible.
During that same interview, Matsuda noted that Square Enix’s smartphone titles didn’t sell very well during the first half of 2016. He says the company will try different tactics to stand out from the competition and attract more smartphone users. Matsuda said that mobile gamers aren’t just looking for light games anymore, but full-fledged hardcore games as well. He also talked about Square Enix’s plans to extend the life of their current and future games through the use of updates and DLC, something they’re currently testing out with Final Fantasy XV. This would allow them to continue selling the same titles for longer periods of time.
Does this mean that Nintendo fans will eventually get to play the Final Fantasy VII Remake? Maybe, but not anytime soon, that’s for sure.