Final Fantasy XV is making the transition to mobile; and it’s taking a rather peculiar route. The game will do away with the more realistic style CGI of the console version in favour of heavily stylised chibi animation. This is both good and bad.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition hopes to retell the entire game for a mobile generation. For those who haven’t played it on a console, and are unwilling to wait for the upcoming PC port. That said, the title is being broken up in a series of 10 episodes. Since most smartphones and tablets can’t handle a full sized Final Fantasy game.
The new art style is likely to be the biggest attention grabber for FFVX Pocket Edition. It’s oddly endearing seeing Noctis and gang reduced to what are effectively animated bobble heads. That said, some character faces could have used a little more time on the drawing board.
Curiously, the Pocket Edition lists Windows 10 as one of the platforms (in addition to Android and iOS). This presumably means that it will also be appearing on the Windows Store. Which could translate into PC getting two versions of FFXV? It’s difficult to say at this point.
The first episode of FFXV will be released for free in the Fall of 2017; which isn’t too far off. The remaining nine episodes will then follow, although players will have to pay for each in order to find out how this version of the story ends.