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Square Enix maybe fixing the PC versions of the Final Fantasy XIII series, possible console ports

Square Enix maybe fixing the PC versions of the Final Fantasy XIII series, possible console ports

Written by Brayden — 03 Dec 2019

Ever since they were first released for PC in 2014 and 2015 respectively, the Final Fantasy XIII series has had many issues on PC.

The main issues are related to frame rates and graphics, but there's various other issues to varying sizes as well.

The PC ports of the XIII series were developed internally (something Square Enix rarely ever does) by a team of programmers who worked on the games along with producer Yoshinori Kitase. They released a couple of good updates for the games shortly following their releases but the bulk of the issues remained and Square Enix moved on.

Recently there was the announcement that they would all be released on the Windows Store in 2020 as part of their additions to Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC. This raised some questions as the first two games in particular still have a lot of issues on PC while the Xbox versions are of course the backwards compatible Xbox 360 versions, enhanced on Xbox One X.

Now the PC versions have been quietly updated in the background and thanks to SteamDB we can see that they are doing tests, and the description for the tests says "For Virtuos".

Virtuos has been a fantastic partner to Square Enix this past decade, doing the heavy lifting for the development of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age and then developing all of their following ports.

With Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC (in addition to Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy IX) it seems Square Enix is finally moving onto The Lightning Saga.

The timing also makes perfect sense as Final Fantasy XIII is turning 10 years old in less than 3 weeks.

If Virtuos can get the PC versions in much better shape they could then port them to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, finally making them playable on those two consoles. They could of course also do versions for Xbox One and next gen consoles.

We will have to wait and see what this results in but at the very least it seems Virtuos is doing work on the PC versions of the XIII trilogy.