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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is an abridged version of Final Fantasy XV, initially adapted for mobile platforms when it was announced at Gamescom 2017. First released on Android and iOS in early 2018, Pocket Edition has been backported and enhanced for all major gaming platforms as of September 2018.

OverviewEdit

As an abridgment of Final Fantasy XV, Pocket Edition has ten chapters instead of the original game's fifteen. It is distributed in an episodic format on Windows, iOS and Android platforms, with the first available for free. It uses the same audio as in the original game, but is presented in a chibi art style with a mobile-centric battle system.

The player can change their language and audio, the latter being an optional download directly in the options menu. Pocket Edition has four quality modes, four resolutions and three FPS settings: 30FPS, 60FPS and "Maximum".

RequirementsEdit

MobileEdit

Requirements iOS Android
Version iOS 11.1 or later. Android 5.0 or later.
Devices iPhone 6s or later
iPad Pro
iPad (5th gen) or later
iPad Air 2 or later
iPad mini 4 or later
Some devices are not supported, even if the installed Android OS version is within the supported range
Size 785.5 MB (Not available)
Storage 5 GB or greater; High resolution version requires 8 GB or greater. 5 GB or greater; High resolution version requires 8 GB or greater.
CPU A8 1.5 GHz
RAM 2 GB or greater

Windows 10Edit

  • 64-bit Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) or later with October 2016 patch or later
  • Intel Core i3-6100U or equivalent processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 520 with 1 GB of RAM or higher
  • 4 GB system RAM
  • Internet access for download and purchase

PricingEdit

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is priced at US$19.99 for all ten chapters, or one can buy them individually, but buying the chapters this way is more expensive. The standalone HD version is priced at US$29.99 and includes all content.[citation needed]

Chapter USD EUR JPY
Ch 1 Free Free Free
Ch 2 0.99 120
Ch 3 0.99 120
Ch 4 3.99 480
Ch 5 3.99 480
Ch 6 3.99 480
Ch 7 3.99 480
Ch 8 3.99 480
Ch 9 3.99 480
Ch 10 3.99 480
All 19.99 2,400

DevelopmentEdit

Business Division 2 tested Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition using a low-polygon art style, similar to Final Fantasy VII, but weren't sure it would be received well among new players. The team created a new look it thought younger audiences would like. After testing both styles with various demographics, the studio found players in their teens and twenties preferred the version that made it to the final version. Square Enix built the development team around younger creators skilled at simplifying complex mechanics. In console gaming, the developers tend to keep adding game mechanics, while mobile developers tend to design by distilling the experience.[2]

ReleaseEdit

Pre-registration for mobiles opened on November 8, 2017[3], with a full release on February 9, 2018. A Windows 10 version was released on June 6, 2018.

On September 6, 2018, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD was made available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A Nintendo Switch version launched later on September 13, 2018.[4]


GalleryEdit

Artwork

Artwork below is by Coln Chen, a Taiwanese artist credited as one of the lead concept artists for Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition.

Screenshots

TriviaEdit

  • This release is the first abridged title in the series, rather than being a port, remaster, or remake.
  • In honor of the Pocket Edition launch, some of the Business Division 2 developers were out on the streets of Shibuya, Japan, handing out pocket tissues with pictures of characters from the game. There were six to collect: Noctis, Gladiolus, Ignis, Prompto, Ardyn and Luna.[5]
  • Some incidental party banter that was used in Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae, but not in the main game, is included in Pocket Edition, such as the one where Noctis and Prompto talk about dreams.
  • The Nintendo Switch version is the first main-series Final Fantasy game since Final Fantasy VI to be released on a Nintendo console in any form.

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