Don't Hold Your Breath for Final Fantasy XV on PC

...Unless you can hold your breath for more than a year. Then knock yourself out.

Over the last handful of years, Sqaure-Enix's Final Fantasy series has found a fitting home on the PC platform. While they were initially slow to embrace the format, a quick search for "Final Fantasy" on Steam reveals nearly 20 titles—including most of the mainline entries and some spinoffs.

But if you're expecting to make the gorgeous Final Fantasy XV even more... goegeous-er via the power of a gaming PC, you might be waiting a while. According to a Spanish website interview translated by WCCFtech, director Hajime Tabata expects a PC port will take quite some time to bring into existence. "...if we worked on a PC version what I have very clear is that we would work to provide a better version of what we have now on consoles. We could say that something like this would take us more than a year. We should work to adapt the engine, which is very laborious, and from there to develop its course," says Tabata.

Though it's been known Final Fantasy XV wouldn't have a PC port for its November launch, the fact that this version might not see the light of day until 2018 feels a bit surprising. Square-Enix has been placing all their bets on Final Fantasy XV in a manner reminicent of their Final Fantasy XIII rollout, so presumably, having it on as many platforms as possible would be ideal for them. And while this lack of a PC port could be explained away by the fact that Final Fantasy XV's Luminous Engine entered development before Square-Enix Japan started taking the PC seriously, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn runs on a scaled-down version of Luminous—and looks fantastic, too.

In any case, it's a bit disappointing to see Square-Enix drop the ball with Final Fantasy XV on PC, as their ports of more recent Final Fantasies have looked and performed a hell of a lot better than their console brethren. (And definitely should have, considering the age of the hardware these games were originally developed for.) So if you're looking to play what may be the best version of FFXV, Square-Enix at least gave you a year to scrape together enough money for a pricey gaming PC.

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