Nintendo Switch Is A “Dream Machine” For The Final Fantasy XV Director; Would Love To Take The Machine “Further”
Ever since its reveal a few months back, developers have praised the Nintendo Switch for some of its unique features, such as its hybrid nature and others. This hasn’t translated into strong third party support at launch, but developers are still praising the console quite a bit, something that should make us somewhat hopeful for the future.
In an interview with Polygon, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata praised the Nintendo Switch once again, going so far as saying that it’s a dream machine.
Given my track record… I’ve worked on handheld titles, but I’ve also worked on console games. 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.
While Hajime Tabata is not working on any game coming to the console, he does mention that many members of the team are really interested in the console, and have ideas on how to take advantage of the Switch’s unique features.
While I may not be working on anything for it at this point in time, a lot of people on the staff are really interested in the Switch. Myself included! Many of the people on the dev team are older; they’re married; they have kids. One of the things they’d like to do is create something they could also play with their children, or that their children could play on their own, for example.
The Nintendo Switch console launches this week in all regions. You can learn more about the soon to launch new console by checking out our unboxing from last week.