Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has once again reiterated that he’d like to develop a PC port of the game, but this time has added that he’d like to explore PC-exclusive features including – surprisingly – mod support.
“I’d like to release the game on PC as a technical attempt,” Tabata said in an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. [Translated by Gematsu and via Hachima Kikou.]
“I want to show PC users Final Fantasy XV running on high-end machines, and we personally would like to see it, too. Also, I would like to try developing on PC to pursue a unique way of playing with PC-exclusive features like making your own quests and enjoying the world using things like mods.”
This is a particularly interesting wrinkle, as FFXV, with its large open world and large swathes of unused world, seems a particularly fertile ground for potential mods.
On that topic, Tabata also fielded a question on the idea that content had been cut from the game. Asked if story content was cut out of a necessity, he simply answered “Not really.”
He also commented on the recent videos that show vast swathes of land unused in the main game. “Those videos made use of glitches,” he explains. “There is a large map being used on the train route in the second half of the game. Since that area isn’t completely made, opening it up as an area you can freely traverse is difficult as is.
“We might remake playable areas in future expansions, but since that would take a year, it is not currently in our plans. For argument’s sake, if we were to prepare new fields, Insomnia would also be a candidate, but that also would take a year’s worth of work.”
Tabata also commented in short on a variety of issues, and we may as well quickly run down them:
- FFXV‘s Virtual Reality content is still in development, but there’s no news on release yet.
- Tabata is thinking about ideas to cut down fast travel loading times.
- He’d like to allow players to freely travel more with the car in a future patch, but it’s a difficult technical challenge.
- Tabata realizes that fans who had a priority on story were disappointed by the game, but there has also been a lot of positive feedback.