By far one of the biggest announcements at E3 this year was Microsoft confirming the existence of their 4K console Project Scorpio, and now one of the biggest releases of 2016 may be upgraded for it.
Kotaku interviewed the director of the game, and it sounds like he would like to patch Final Fantasy XV to run in 4K on the hardware that arrives next Christmas:
“Schreier: Now that Sony and Microsoft are both announcing new consoles, the Scorpio and the Neo, have you guys been working with that stuff at all?
Tabata: No, we havenâ€™t started anything… I first learned about Scorpio at the [Microsoft] conference. I was there waiting in the green room and I go â€œooh wow, whatâ€™s that?â€
Schreier: Thatâ€™s pretty funny. Do you think itâ€™s cool? What do you think?
Tabata: Until I actually see something moving on it, Iâ€™m not gonna get a real feeling of what it can do and grasp it, but certainly listening to the specs being reeled off, I think that did sound like something thatâ€™s got quite a lot of potential. Itâ€™d be really great though if we could have Final Fantasy XV something we can play on the current-generation Xbox One and PS4, also give them that choice that when the new, stronger-generation hardware comes out, to have them play at that level as well. Iâ€™d really like to be able give them that… I think youâ€™ve probably got a 4K TV in your house, havenâ€™t you?
Schreier: (laughing) No, I donâ€™t!
Tabata: Itâ€™d be really great if we could give people the option, so the people who have hardcore 4K TVs, they could play on those. Just like you I donâ€™t have a 4K TV, so we should play on the current generation.”
Square tends to stick with one Final Fantasy game per console generation now, at least starting with Final Fantasy XIII (which was a trilogy). That means the Final Fantasy XV world will be around for quite a while, and it makes a lot of sense for Square to upgrade it to fit the new consoles.