Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida says the game’s next big reveal will come this Spring. Yoshida originally claimed the information would come later this year, but complications from COVID-19 has caused the game to be delayed by almost half a year.
The development team is made up of employees from across the world, and in order to offset covid, these employees had to work from home. “This has unfortunately hampered communication from the Tokyo office, which, in turn, has led to delays in–or in extreme cases, cancellations of—asset deliveries from our outsource partners,” Yoshida explained.
Despite this large hurdle, Yoshida hopes the team will have minimal impact at the start of the new year. They are working on increasing graphic resource quality, refining combat mechanics, fleshing out individual battles, touching up cutscenes, and increasing graphical optimization.
At this point, the goal is to put Final Fantasy XVI into the teams hands and give them as much time as possible to fully polish the game before its release. You can check out Yoshida’s full statement below:
As of right now, little is known about Final Fantasy XVI, except for the names of three characters: Clive, Joshua, and Jill. It’s also been confirmed that this title will be more action oriented. It will launch for the PlayStation 5 as a timed console exclusive. Other platform releases have not been announced yet.