“Final Fantasy XV” is Square Enix’s upcoming installment to their flagship franchise. It reportedly has a working pre-beta that can be played from start to finish on the PC. While it seems to promise more Action RPG goodness, lead programmer Satoshi Kitade raised some issues regarding the game’s technical constraints and how it affects gameplay and the experience as a whole.
Dualshockers noted of one particular issue: the feature dubbed as the “dodge roll”. Satoshi Kitade treated the mechanic as his primary example of how memory is quantified as a physical amount—and thus can have limits, especially on console platforms where memory cannot be readily added and specifications are relatively universal across individual units.
Kitade also related how developers often have to make trade-offs, adjusting each and every single element of the game so that they do not go over the technical limits, while incorporating every amount of resource the said elements require. This is true of almost all games and “Final Fantasy XV” is simply no exception: Niche Gamer reported that Kitade takes this fact as the main reason why the aforementioned “dodge roll” wasn’t included in the game’s previous beta version.
The lead programmer also talked about memory optimization. While it can be argued that this is completely related to the memory constraints mentioned, it was an issue that previously raised an entirely different set of problems by itself. Fortunately, optimization is reportedly getting better and better for the game now; Kitade even adding that features getting locked-out by constraints back then can easily be added right now.
All in all, news of a playable PC pre-beta proves that “Final Fantasy XV” is making good progress, as it is a game that’s planned to run first on the PC and later optimized for consoles (as opposed to being a PC port).
“Final Fantasy XV” is expected to push on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and Square Enix has reportedly planned to hold a special event in March 2016, where they were expected to announce an official release date for the game.
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