Final Fantasy 16 release is reportedly "sooner than people think"

Joanna Estrada
September 29, 2020

Final Fantasy XVI may be coming sooner than we think.

Final Fantasy 16 Producer Yoshi-P mentions they were pressed for time to make the FF16 trailer since they wanted to only show in-game scenes, so they couldn't fine-tune the graphics. Or, more aptly, all swords swishing. And, surprisingly enough, the trailer showed us cutscenes as well as substantial clips of gameplay, which suggests that Square Enix has had this game on the back burner for a while.

In an episode of the Triple Click podcast posted this week (via VGC), Bloomberg reporter and industry veteran Jason Schreier discussed the upcoming game.

"I have learned from those who understand the sport, have worked to the sport or are knowledgeable about the game's evolution that it has ever been in development for four decades at some capacity".

According to Yoshida, the team did not want to limit themselves to the video with the Final Fantasy XVI logo, so they chose to show the real game graphics. In the weeks following the announcement, fans created a meme that implies the game wouldn't be finished until 2035, appealing to the long development times of titles including Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake. "So it's coming sooner than people think", he concluded. He added that the next big information about "Final Fantasy XVI" would be released next year.

As previously noted, Final Fantasy 16 will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive, unlike the fifteenth installment of the game, which was available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Multiplatform games like Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Cyberpunk 2077 will prevent PS5 players from twiddling their thumbs towards the end of the year. There are many things that can happen to slow the development of a game. Games galore, in short.

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