Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida noted on Twitter that he promised additional information about Final Fantasy XVI in late 2021 in his previous correspondence. Specifics were not given, but reading between the lines, it appeared like Square Enix was planning a major announcement for the end of the year.
The larger picture: Don’t look now, but the continuing epidemic has damaged yet another highly anticipated game, resulting in a six-month delay. In fact, it’s the second Final Fantasy game in as many weeks to be hit by the epidemic.
Elaborating further, Yoshida said that like many others, they had to move to a work-from-home model to keep the wheels rolling. This slowed communication from the Tokyo office and in some extreme situations, led to outright cancellations of asset deliveries from third parties.
Whatever the case, it’s no longer happening as Yoshida said complications stemming from the ongoing pandemic have delayed the game’s development by almost half a year.
Final Fantasy XVI was revealed in 2020 and will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive. It’s not to be confused with Final Fantasy XIV, sales of which were suspended earlier this month due to extreme server congestion. As of this writing, there is no update on that matter.
The project is now well behind schedule, but still on track. Square Enix now aims for its next big reveal to take place in the spring of 2022. Yoshida apologized for the delay, and thanked fans for their continued patience.