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Final Fantasy 15 Director Shares His Thoughts About Nintendo Switch

Switch serving as both a traditional console and a handheld "is really fascinating to me," Hajime Tabata says.


While Final Fantasy XV itself may not be in the cards for Nintendo Switch, that doesn't mean the game's director isn't a fan of the system.

Hajime Tabata made a name for himself as the director of Square Enix portable games like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Type-0. With Switch being a hybrid console/portable device, it would seemingly be right up Tabata's alley.

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"I've worked on handheld titles, but I've also worked on console games," he told Polygon. "So the fact that Switch is both at the same time is really fascinating to me. I'm really interested in coming up with ideas and how to capitalize on that technology and how to create the best experience possible on the technology. But I'm not quite sure that I have it yet.

"You have your Switch sitting in front of the television and you're playing on the big screen and then you take it out, put it down on the table. It becomes a monitor. You take out the two Joy-Cons, and you play with a friend ... it doesn't stop there, because in my mind, it would be really perfect if you could then take this new monitor and use it like a tablet, for example, and play different apps on it like you would on your iPhone or your Android. So basically, it's accomplishing three tasks in one machine. It's kind of like the dream machine."

Don't take this to mean he's working on a Switch project, however, at least at the moment. He did admit that he and others on the Final Fantasy XV team are "really interested in the Switch," but he stopped short of committing to anything.

You can read Polygon's full interview with Tabata here; it primarily focuses on Final Fantasy XV's future, which includes a cooperative multiplayer mode (complete with character creation), among other things.

As for Switch, we're now just a week away from its launch. You can check out all our of our latest coverage here, as well as our new preview of launch game Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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