If you were expecting Square Enix to surprise everyone with a release of Final Fantasy XVI next year for PlayStation 5, well, bad news. You won’t get it. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be left empty handed either.
In an announcement over on Twitter, game producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed that the game’s development has been pushed back six months, mainly due to the COVID pandemic that’s currently making the rounds. This includes the delays or possibly even cancellations of certain assets from its partners.
That said, the team is currently “addressing this issue,” and hard at work on the game’s release. And there’s a bit of light at the end of this tunnel – a “big reveal” is currently planned for the spring of 2022, possibly with some first gameplay from the sequel.
“I am happy to announce the current plan is to conduct our next big reveal in spring of 2022 as we seek to build excitement leading up to the game’s eventual release,” Yoshida explained in the tweet. “I deeply apologize to all those who have been looking forward to learning more about Final Fantasy XVI, and thank you for your continued patience while we focus our combined efforts on development.”
The full statement is at the link above. While a delay is likely to bum out many of you, the fact is it’ll be that much better when it eventually arrives, potentially in 2023.
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