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Final Fantasy XV may be coming to PC

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Final Fantasy XV

The upcoming Final Fantasy XV is scheduled to come out sometime this year for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And as a sharp-eyed NeoGAFer noticed, it might be coming to the PC too! Then again, it might not. The truth is, we don't really know. But there's a pretty good reason to think it will.

The story begins with the discovery of some interesting words in a Javascript file contained within the HTML code of the Final Fantasy XV “Uncovered” website, which makes reference to Steam as well as the Xbox, PlayStation, and Square Enix online stores. On the face of it, that's a fairly obvious sign that a PC release is in the works, and especially so in light of the relatively recent arrival of numerous other Final Fantasy games on Steam. A PC release of Final Fantasy 9, for instance, was announced just a month ago.

But the excitement was diminished somewhat when another user noticed that the code in question was essentially a copy of code used for the Rise of the Tomb Raider page. That led to the theory that the whistleblowing code was simply copied and pasted to the Final Fantasy XV site for convenience, and that the Steam reference—since Rise of the Tomb Raider was released for the PC—was simply a bit of overlooked detritus.

As far as I can see, the references to Steam (and other platform stores) have since been removed, which makes the situation even trickier. Personally, I'd assume that FFXV will eventually make it to the PC, sooner or later, but that's based solely on recent history and the fact that there's no good reason to keep it to consoles, rather that anything Square Enix has said, done, or even hinted at. I've emailed them to ask and I'll let you know if I receive a reply; in the meantime, keep your fingers crossed.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.