Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition

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Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Logo.jpg
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)Square Enix
Director(s)
  • Takahito Ebato
  • Takahiro Murakami
Producer(s)
Composer(s)Yoko Shimomura
Platform(s)Android, iOS, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release
  • Android, iOS
  • February 8, 2018
  • Windows
  • June 6, 2018
  • PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • September 7, 2018
  • Nintendo Switch
  • September 13, 2018
Genre(s)Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition[a] is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix. It is an abridged version of Final Fantasy XV, and was released for iOS, Android, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in 2018.

Gameplay[edit]

Pocket Edition plays as an abridged version of Final Fantasy XV, which was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016.[1] The game is played from a fixed camera angle, and similar to other touch screen role playing games, the character can be moved by selecting the location for the character to walk to, rather than with a D-pad control scheme.[1] Additional sidequests unique to the game were added, including treasure hunting and fetch quests.[2]

The game follows the same plot as the original game, although it eliminates the open world of the original, in addition to many sidequests in favor of a more focused experience.[3] Exploration and combat shifted from a behind the back view to an overhead perspective with simplified controls more suitable for playing on a touchscreen. Music and voice acting was mostly kept intact, while the graphics were given a makeover with "chibified" character designs.[2][4]

The game is divided into ten chapters; the first chapter is available for free, with the remaining nine being able to be purchased individually or as a whole with discounted pricing.[4][5][6]

Development and release[edit]

Pocket Edition was co-developed by Final Fantasy developer and publisher Square Enix, XPEC Entertainment and Osaka-based SummerTimeStudio.[7][8] Development began in 2015 following the release of Episode Duscae, the first game demo of Final Fantasy XV.[9] The game was announced at Gamescom in August 2017, originally set to be released later that year.[10] The game was released for Android and iOS devices on February 8, 2018, and for Windows 10 on June 6, 2018.[11][6][12] The game is divided into ten chapters; the first chapter is available for free, with the remaining nine being able to be purchased individually or as a whole with discounted pricing.[4][13] The game was later released as Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 7, 2018, and for the Nintendo Switch on September 13.[14][15]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticiOS: 79/100[16]
PS4: 68/100[17]
NS: 69/100[18]
Review scores
PublicationScore
DestructoidiOS: 6.5/10[19]
GamezeboiOS: 4.5/5 stars[20]
Pocket GameriOS: 8/10[21]
TouchArcadeiOS: 5/5 stars[22]

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition received "generally favorable reviews", according to review aggregator Metacritic.[16] Mike Fahey of Kotaku called it an "outstanding" abridgment of the original, praising it for allowing players to experience the story without much time commitment.[2] Shaun Musgrave from TouchArcade scored the game at five stars (out of five), commenting on the game's faithful recreation of the game's abridged narrative; with the "voice acting, sound effects, and music" being retained from the console version of Final Fantasy XV being of particular merit.[22]

By February 2018, the game had exceeded three million downloads worldwide.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fainaru Fantajī FifutīnL: Poketto Edishon (Japanese: ァイナルファンタジーXV ポケットエディション)
  1. ^ a b Frank, Allegra. "Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition is a surprisingly wonderful remake (update)". Polygon. Archived from the original on January 29, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Fahey, Mike. "Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Keeps Things Nice And Simple". Kotaku. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Nelson, Jared (February 9, 2018). "Touch Arcade Game of the week - Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition". Touch Arcade. Archived from the original on February 10, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Musgrave, Shaun. "'Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition' Review - In Other Words, Final Fantasy 15". Touch Arcade. Archived from the original on February 10, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Smith, Mat. "Wait, 'Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition' is actually fun?". Engadget. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Osborn, Alex. "Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Launches Early, Available Now". IGN. Archived from the original on February 10, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  7. ^ SummerTimeStudio (January 20, 2018). SummerTimeStudio - January 20, 2018 - 1/19(金)・20(金)に開催されたIT津梁まつりにて、弊社代表の弘津がトークショーに出演しました! (in Japanese). Facebook. Archived from the original on February 13, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "《Final Fantasy Pocket Edition》has formally launched on iOS and Android". XPEC Entertainment. February 13, 2018. Archived from the original on February 13, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  9. ^ 『FF15』Windows版でMODはどうなる? 『Pocket Edition』のプレイ時間なども聞いた (in Japanese). Dengeki Online. 22 August 2017. Archived from the original on November 2, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  10. ^ Davidson, Matt (August 22, 2017). "Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition Revealed, Monster of the Deep VR Release Date". IGN. Archived from the original on August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition Launches On February 9 For iOS And Android". Siliconera. Archived from the original on January 29, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition makes its Windows 10 debut". Windows Central. Archived from the original on September 30, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Smith, Mat. "Wait, 'Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition' is actually fun?". Engadget. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Byford, Sam. "Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is coming to Nintendo Switch, out now on PS4 and Xbox One". The Verge. Archived from the original on September 8, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  15. ^ Jenni. "Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD Now Available On The Nintendo Switch". Siliconera. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on April 29, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  17. ^ "Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  18. ^ "Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  19. ^ Andriessen, CJ (February 21, 2018). "Review: Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition". Destructoid. Archived from the original on March 28, 2018. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  20. ^ Tylwalk, Nick (February 26, 2018). "Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition review". Gamezebo. Archived from the original on April 29, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  21. ^ Slater, Harry (February 8, 2018). "Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition review - iPhone reviews". Pocket Gamer. Archived from the original on April 29, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  22. ^ a b Musgrave, Shaun (February 8, 2018). "Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition Review". TouchArcade. Archived from the original on February 14, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  23. ^ "Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition Surpasses Three Million Downloads - Hardcore Gamer". Hardcore Gamer. March 4, 2018. Archived from the original on October 1, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.

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