After a year of playing will-they/won’t-they, Square Enix has announced that “Final Fantasy XV” will launch on PC through Steam. Square Enix and NVIDIA made the official announcement that the game will be coming to PC this week, adding that “Final Fantasy XV” will launch on Windows PC in early 2018. Called the “Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition,” the game will feature NVIDIA GameWorks technology, which will offer advanced PC features and cutting-edge graphics and physics simulation technologies. All of this will be made possible with the support for NVIDIA’s capture and share tools. Square Enix did not confirm the launch price for the PC version, the console version is now starting at $38 at Amazon.com.
“With the help of NVIDIA, we are creating a stunning visual experience in FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION, one worthy of this beloved franchise,” said Hajime Tabata, Director of FINAL FANTASY XV. “NVIDIA pushes the pace of innovation in our industry, and that benefits gamers and developers alike.”
A few of the technical features launching with the “Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition” included in the NVIDIA’s GameWorks tech includes NVIDIA Flow, which creates vivid, combustible fluid, fire and smoke, and the popular NVIDIA HairWorks that creates dynamic, life-like hair and fur for characters, animals and monsters that inhabit the game. Players will also have the option to enable NVIDIA ShadowWorks, which enables characters to cast shadows on themselves, and NVIDIA Turf Effects that creates life-like grass and vegetation in the game environment. The game will also support NVIDIA VXAO, which adds depth and realism based on the physics principles shadows and light.
There is also support for both GeForce Experience capture and share tools, which is NVIDIA Ansel, an in-game photography tool that allows gamers to compose shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high fidelity formats, and share screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset. NVIDIA ShadowPlay Highlights automatically captures the player’s greatest gaming achievements in video and screenshot, enabling seamless sharing through social channels.