Forspoken, Square Enix’s massive open-world action RPG is finally available for consoles and PC. The latest adventure from the team behind Final Fantasy XV features frenetic action and stunning magic-driven battles. With the RPG genre so popular in the console space, fans have been wondering if it’s out on more platforms – specifically the Nintendo Switch.
The popular Final Fantasy publisher is no stranger to the Big N’s console hybrid. After all, they’ve brought a wide variety of games to the handheld system. These include Dragon Quest XI, Octopath Traveler, and more.
Can you play Forspoken on Nintendo Switch?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. The only console on Forspoken is the PlayStation 5. Sony may have signed a contract with the publisher for the exclusive console. Late last year, excited users spotted a fine print on one of the trailers for the game. It was revealed that the game will remain on Sony’s latest hardware for at least two years – that is, until January 23, 2025.
This means that Nintendo fans will have to wait a while for the game to hit the platform. That is, if it’s technically feasible in the first place. Forspoken uses Square Enix’s Luminous Engine technology as a foundation. It was first introduced with 2016’s Final Fantasy XV for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Unfortunately, the game did not make it to Switch.
Director Hajime Tabata cited the engine’s lack of scalability for the mobile platform as a problem. In other words, the technology wasn’t designed with a low-power handheld device like the Switch in mind. After all, he intends to show a high level of visual fidelity. Instead, Nintendo’s handheld received the Pocket Edition released for smartphones (as well as other consoles and computers).
That means Forspoken, a more ambitious effort, wouldn’t be possible either. That is, unless Nintendo finally brings out the elusive Switch Pro. This would ensure compatibility as well as modern gaming ports.
Therefore, Nintendo fans could see a port in the future once the exclusive time expires in 2025. By then, it’s very likely that we’ll see a new, more powerful Super Mario-maker’s fist. But the bottom line is that primary is definitely out of the picture.
What is Forspoken about?
The game tells the story of Frey Holland, a New Yorker who has been teleported to the magical land of Athena. With the evil Tantas wielding her tyranny over the world’s citizens, Frey must take it upon herself to save them while also aiming to find her way back home. With a chatty wristband at her side, she waves elemental powers to deal with threats.
The frantic combat is flashy and high as players can fire bursts of fire and lightning to attack the enemies. The open world awaits exploration, with treasures to discover and bosses to fight. All of this is enhanced by a free-flowing parkour system that makes exploration easy and fun.
Forspoken was released on January 24, 2023 for PlayStation 5 and PC.