Gaming: Conan visits Kojima; Switch erects Civilization of its own; Final Fantasy XV gets cute on consoles

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Sep 7, 2018, 8:45 PM EDT

An American late-night talk show host who routinely makes fun of gaming culture in a recurring segment that highlights his willful ignorance of video games. A legendary game director who’s responsible for one of the most iconic franchises in gaming history. Sounds like two peas in a pod, right?

Conan O’Brien and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima rekindled their strange and fascinating trans-Pacific friendship recently when Conan stopped by Kojima Productions’ offices while in Tokyo to film an unrelated segment for his Conan show on TBS. While he was there, he left some celebrity graffiti on the kitchen wall, posed for pictures with Kojima, and generally just goofed around. 

A Joy Division-repping Kojima (check the t-shirt) commemorated the visit in a cool photo tweet:

Being the eternal gaming neophyte he is, Conan didn’t come back with any news on Kojima’s latest project, the much-anticipated Death Stranding. At last check, the Norman Reedus, Guillermo del Toro-starring action game — Kojima’s first project since walking away from the Konami-controlled Metal Gear franchise — still hasn’t been given a release date, so stay tuned.

The Nintendo Switch is getting another significant addition to its growing lineup of beloved games ported over from other platforms. In this case, the Switch will become the first console to host Sid Meier's Civilization VI, which first released to Mac and PC in 2016.

Via Variety, 2K Games announced that the turn-based, world-building game will be heading to the Switch this fall with four new location-themed content add-ins, including scenarios set in Scandinavia, Poland, the ancient Near East, and Australia. 

Civilization VI will be available for the Switch beginning this Nov. 16.

Fans of Final Fantasy XV — or at least the streamlined, chibi-themed mobile version of the sprawling console game — will soon be able to put their phones down and pick up the action on their big-screen TVs. 

Final Fantasy XV on YouTube

Square Enix recently unveiled a console release trailer for Final Fantasy Pocket Edition, revealing that the game — which has been available on iOS and Android devices since February — is landing soon on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. In fact, the Xbox and PS4 versions are already available for download, so we can only assume the Switch won’t be too far behind. 

FFXV Pocket Edition essentially pares back the console version’s excesses to give players a more bite-sized, episodic RPG experience with Prince Noctis and his three traveling companions. And if you haven’t gotten around to playing the original, there’s probably never been a better time: With Square Enix constantly updating Final Fantasy XV with character DLC and new story content, the version that’s available now is even meatier than the one that first shipped all the way back in November 2016.