The game follows the same plot as the original game, although it eliminates the open world of the original, in addition to many sidequests in favor of a more focused experience. Exploration and combat shifted from a behind the back view to an overhead perspective with simplified controls more suitable for playing on a touchscreen. Music and voice acting was mostly kept intact, while the graphics were given a makeover with "chibified" character designs.
The game is divided into ten chapters; the first chapter is available for free, with the remaining nine being able to be purchased individually or as a whole with discounted pricing.
Development and release
Pocket Edition was co-developed by Final Fantasy developer and publisher Square Enix, XPEC Entertainment and Osaka-based SummerTimeStudio. Development began in 2015 following the release of Episode Duscae, the first game demo of Final Fantasy XV. The game was announced at Gamescom in August 2017, originally set to be released later that year. The game was released for Android and iOS devices on February 8, 2018, and for Windows 10 on June 6, 2018. The game is divided into ten chapters; the first chapter is available for free, with the remaining nine being able to be purchased individually or as a whole with discounted pricing. The game was later released as Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 7, 2018, and for the Nintendo Switch on September 13.
Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition received "generally favorable reviews", according to review aggregator Metacritic. Mike Fahey of Kotaku called it an "outstanding" abridgment of the original, praising it for allowing players to experience the story without much time commitment. Shaun Musgrave from TouchArcade scored the game at five stars (out of five), commenting on the game's faithful recreation of the game's abridged narrative; with the "voice acting, sound effects, and music" being retained from the console version of Final Fantasy XV being of particular merit.
By February 2018, the game had exceeded threemillion downloads worldwide.
The game was nominated for the A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game at the New York Game Awards.