Virtuos – Challenges porting Final Fantasy

Virtuos – Challenges porting Final Fantasy

Two classic Final Fantasy titles are arriving on the Nintendo Switch system in April and both should provide a captivating story and excellent gameplay.

Virtuos

The team handling the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One ports of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is Virtuos.

The team has talked about the challenges they faced bringing the games to the platform.

Challenges in porting

I would say it was quite technically challenging because to make Final Fantasy work on Switch, we needed to convert it to 64GB. So, the Switch version needed to be shrunk without impacting the performance. As this requires a fair amount of skill, we have a small team specifically to target these parts of the remaster.

For such a great franchise, the main goal is to bring the exact same experience as the original version to the player. So, we haven’t touched the core content of these games in order to keep the same flavour as before.

However, some obvious legacy issues have been fixed during porting, including some UI logic and translation glitches. We’ve taken the “quick recovery” feature from PS Vita to Switch in order to take advantage of its touch screen.

Finally, we’ve also integrated the “key mapping” system into both Xbox One and Switch versions in order to give more control flexibility to players around the globe. This is the first time we brought it to consoles (PS4/PSV don’t have it, only PC has such functionality).

We believe these features and fixes can actually give a better experience to players than the previous remaster versions.

Are you looking forward to getting these Final Fantasy titles on your Nintendo Switch?