PAX 2017: Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Is Such an Exact Remake It’s Surreal

From a second it starts, personification Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is surreal. Aside from a chibi art style, a commencement of a diversion is identical to a console book of Final Fantasy XV, from a early flash-forward to observant goodbye to King Regis, and even pulling a Regalia after it breaks down.

As you’d design for mobile, battles have been drastically simplified, now formed on drumming instead of a turn-based mechanics you’d find in XV on console. Warp Strikes are achieved by swiping, and we can aim an rivalry from distant by holding down a finger on them. Parrying and dodging comes in a form of touch-based discerning time events, and transformation is simply boring your finger to where we wish Noctis and friends to run.


The demo we played was spot-on for a commencement of a game, including a revisit to Hammerhead, and The Pauper Prince and Hunter Becomes a Hunted story quests. It also still facilities camping (we ate some flame-roasted toast) and even voice acting.

Final Fantasy XV is an positively beautiful diversion on consoles and PC, so this mobile chronicle is apparently not allied to that photorealistic experience. we indeed conclude that Square Enix went with a mobile-friendly art character rather than perplexing to scale down a console version’s graphics, that we can’t suppose would have worked out well. Pocket Edition will be separate opposite 10 episodes, that we consider is a intelligent approach to order adult a story, generally for people personification a small bit during a time on a go.

I have to acknowledge that we was really doubtful when Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition was announced, though after personification for 20 mins or so, this seems like it competence indeed be a good approach for someone to knowledge a story if they don’t have a few dozen hours to spend in front of a console.

I’m now preoccupied adequate that I’ll really check out during slightest a initial episode, and with hints that this chronicle could even come to Nintendo Switch, I’m blissful to see Square Enix experimenting with new platforms, generally as they consider about the destiny of a franchise.

Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and wishes each diversion could get a lovable chibi remake. You can find him wayward about Persona and lovable animals on Twitter.

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