Final Fantasy XV’s Director Says He Found Out About Scorpio At Microsoft’s Conference

Final Fantasy XV’s Director Says He Found Out About Scorpio At Microsoft’s Conference

The director of Final Fantasy XV says they haven’t worked with the new consoles from Microsoft or Sony yet. In fact, he says he found out about the upcoming Project Scorpio while sitting in Microsoft’s green room.

During an interview at E3 earlier this week, FFXV director Hajime Tabata told me he got to find out about the ambitious new Xbox project while waiting backstage at Microsoft’s conference, where his team showed off their newest demo, the Trial of Titan. (It was a bit sloppy.)

We were talking about optimisation, and…

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 haven’t started anything… I first learned about Scorpio at the [Microsoft] conference. I was there waiting in the green room and I go ‘ooh wow, what’s that?’

Schreier: That’s pretty funny. Do you think it’s cool? What do you think?

Tabata: Until I actually see something moving on it I’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 that’s got quite a lot of potential. It’d be really great though if we could have Final Fantasy XV something we can play on the current-generation Xbox One and PS4 and also give them that choice that when the new, stronger-generation hardware comes out, to have them play at that level as well. I’d really like to be able give them that… I think you’ve probably got a 4K TV in your house, haven’t you?

Schreier: (laughing) No, I don’t!

Tabata: It’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 don’t have a 4K TV, so we should play on the current generation.

Schreier: (laughing) Yeah, let’s focus on that.

Tabata: (laughing) Let’s all focus on the current generation.


  • What a coincidence, I only found out about the Scorpio during Microsofts conference.

      • Those were all rumors…some game devs would have been told my Microsoft “Hey, we are bringing an Xbox One with stronger hardware, here are the specs so you can start making the game to be able to take advantage of this stronger hardware”
        I’d say only very few devs would have been told(probably only first party studios)

  • The internet knew about Scorpio months ago… but ykno, doesn’t surprise me squeenix don’t have their ears to the ground.

    • Heh. When you’re working on a game in the crunch months prior to launch, I think browsing the Internet is probably the last thing you want to be doing, or have the time to do.
      I do it as stress-relief when I’m busy in my role, but I doubt I’d be able to get away with it in game dev. Not when you’re sleeping in the office, etc.

  • It’s more likely a jab at Microsoft for not telling Square Enix in an official capacity prior to the official public announcement because typically developers are made aware of upcoming hardware before it’s publicly known.

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