The PlayStation 4 has done gangbuster numbers around most of the world since it launched. One place where it’s struggling? Japan, surprisingly. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t exactly have a home field advantage, with sales being lacklustre so far. One game that could determine the future of the PlayStation 4 however, is Final Fantasy XV.
Speaking to Kotaku, Final Fantasy XV co-director Hajime Tabata believes that the game could make or break the Sony platform in Japan, as most residents have a thing for handheld devices and mobile games now. It used to be common for a Japanese gamer to spend hours upon hours in front of a television playing games such as these, but that’s becoming a rare occurences as of late.
“It’s pretty unique to Japan, where everyone is transporting – they have long train rides and bus rides to work, they have time to play handheld devices, or they’re spending more time in their own rooms vs. spending more time in the living room,” Tabata explained.
So in terms of whether console games will be received moving forward, it’s not to say that I don’t have any concerns at all, but I believe that it’ll really depend on how Final Fantasy XV does. Because I really want more people to enjoy games in the living room, on a big screen. If Final Fantasy XV doesn’t do well, perhaps there’s not much of a future for console games. It kind of really depends on how that goes.
Final Fantasy XV has had a hellaciously long development cycle. It originally started life as Final Fantasy Versus XIII in 2006, before it got retooled and eventually re-revealed as Final Fantasy XV last year, the latest chapter in that Fabula Nova Crystallis saga nonsense. Still, despite having more crystals than a homeopathic hospital, the game looks rock-solid, like a blend of Kingdom Hearts, series staples and some Crisis Core thrown in for good measure.
This isn’t the first time that a Final Fantasy game has been in a make or break situation either. The very first game in the franchise was meant to be a swansong for Square in 1987, hence the Final Fantasy title, but it went on to be a massive success insted. Fast forward to 1997, and once again Square was betting everything they had on Final Fantasy VII, which was a radical departure for the series and had millions sunk into it.
And now we’re in a similar position, but one where a game can help a console finally flourish. How the times have changed.
Last Updated: September 9, 2014