Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster for the Nintendo Switch have finally had a release date of April 16 fixed. Singapore-based Virtuos will port this PS2 classic. During their recent interview, the studio said that the Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster will be able to fit on a 32GB Nintendo Switch cartridge. This will make it the second Switch title that would be available on a 32GB card outside the Japan-only Dragon Quest Heroes 1+2. Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster won’t be the only games in the series which studio will work on, it will also be seen porting Final Fantasy XII to the console.
Executive Producer Lukas Codr and Senior Producer Fang Xiaoshu, during an interview with Nintendo Life (via Nintendo Everything), said- “For Nintendo Switch, the main challenge has been the package size, since the previous raw data size could have a size of about 50GB. This much of data simply can’t fit on a single Switch game card, so we analyzed and modified the data cooking pipeline and ended up fitting the game on a 32GB card without having any impact on the visual quality or loading performance.“
In addition to this, Virtuos also said that it was technically challenging to make Final Fantasy work on the Switch since it had to be converted to 64GB from its original file size. Some of the features of the game have also been improved for the Nintendo Switch release.
The duo went on to say- “However, there have been a few obvious legacy issues which have been fixed during the porting, and this includes some UI logic and translation glitches. We have taken the ‘quick recovery’ feature from PS Vita to Switch with the aim of taking advantage of its touch screen. Finally, we have integrated the “key mapping” system into Xbox One as well as the Switch versions so that we could give more control flexibility to players all over the world. This is the first time that we have brought it to consoles (PS4/PSV don’t have it, PC has such functionality). We believe that these features and fixes will give a better user experience in comparison to the previous remaster versions.”