As a highly anticipated title, Final Fantasy XVI remained elusive for several years. After the game's announcement at a Sony State of Play in 2020, there was little news about when the release date would be. In fact, the title has skipped several gaming events, such as the 2021 Tokyo Game Show, so that the dev team at Square Enix could continue polishing the game.
We've been desperate to hear more about FFXVI — and Square Enix finally provided an update in June 2022.
As part of the legendary JRPG franchise, XVI takes place in the fantasy world of Valisthea, a land that subsists on mountains of magical crystals. The six kingdoms of Valisthea are deep in conflict over control of each other's "Mothercrystals." Amidst the chaos, Clive Rosfield seeks revenge against his enemies for the tragedy that befell his home nation of Rosaria.
Here's what we know about the game and its release date.
When is the release date for 'Final Fantasy XVI'? It's not exactly around the corner.
Since its announcement, news on Final Fantasy XVI was noticeably light. While we got regular news updates on the game's basic development, no new trailers were released for quite some time. Like many productions, the game was also delayed by more than half a year thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as confirmed by producer Naoki Yoshida on Twitter. In that same announcement, Naoki also promised more news in the spring of 2022.
Luckily, he's made good on that promise.
According to a Japanese Uniqlo magazine interview translated on Twitter, Final Fantasy XVI is nearly finished.
The translation reads: "We're in the final stages of development for the new numbered game in the series ... We aim to deliver a comprehensive game full of story and gameplay."
In June 2022, Square Enix finally provided a new trailer for the game during another State of Play livestream. The second trailer provides a deeper look into the gameplay, including a glimpse of the HUD and the many abilities players can use in combat. More Final Fantasy staple characters like Bahamut and Ramuh were also revealed to be in the game.
The trailer even provided a release window. The game is officially confirmed to come out during summer 2023.
As of writing, fans will still have to wait a year for the game to come out. But this sizable update has been a breath of fresh air for anyone looking forward to the game. Final Fantasy XVI will be a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 5.