Square Enix 'very interested' in putting Final Fantasy on PC
by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Feb 19, 2014 8:45AM PST
Though a few have come out later as ports, the single-player games of the Final Fantasy series have usually been notably absent on PC. That may be changing, as series producer Yoshinori Kitase says that Square Enix sees potential in the PC market and is interested in pursuing it.
"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 told 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."
He noted that the ports of Final Fantasy 7 and 8 have done very well, and of course MMOs like Final Fantasy 11 and 14 have been on PC. But Kitase concedes that they "haven't got a lot of experience" in producing PC games. "So when we have more know-how and experience in this market we would be very interested."