GC 2015: Final Fantasy XV will ship with English/Japanese voices only, more text translations planned

In the last years, Square Enix has localized major games like Hitman, Tomb Raider and Deus Ex for multiple markets, including voice tracks in languages like French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese. While English and Japanese voice casts have been shared for Final Fantasy XV already, Square Enix so far remained silent on whether more languages will be supported with dubbing voices or not.

During our interview with Hajime Tabata, the game’s Director confirmed that Final Fantasy XV will ship with Japanese or English voices only.

About additional dubbings as a DLC after release, Tabata said:” We are positively looking into the idea of expanding the voice support for the game after release or as DLC, also if we bring the game to other platforms in the future. We very much like expanding languages on that, as well”.

Tabata noted the cots and time that need to be invested in further voice supports, but also mentioned a new localization focus:

“So when it comes to localization and our priorities, we think that before we want to introduce French, German or other languages’ voices, we want to expand the number of text-supported languages. Traditionally, Final Fantasy is only translated into Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. It has been just those five languages, but it is just a small amount compared to games that other companies are doing…It’s probably a higher priority to get more people to play the game before we enhance the experience for certain languages.”

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