As Remaining Fantasy followers are in all probability painfully conscious, Remaining Fantasy XVI has been a slightly quiet since its reveal throughout the September PS5 Showcase in 2020. Producer Naoki Yoshida addressed this, stemming it to the continuing pandemic, the one which prompted many studios to scramble to navigate the brand new setting.
In line with Yoshida, the FFXVI workforce are behind in improvement from the place they’d like. The producer stated they’re a half a 12 months delayed, however the motive behind the missing information was them doing their finest to play catch up all through 2021 and amending communication points.
Right here is Yoshida’s full assertion.
“When final we spoke, I promised I’d have extra data on FINAL FANTASY XVI someday later in 2021. Nonetheless, I remorse to tell you that I might be unable to maintain that promise as problems stemming from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic have delayed the sport’s improvement by virtually a half 12 months.
As the most recent addition to the FINAL FANTASY collection being developed for the PlayStation 5, FINAL FANTASY XVI has amassed a sizeable workforce composed of gifted creators from all over the world. Nonetheless, in an effort to offset the results of COVID-19, we’ve needed to decentralize that workforce by allowing employees to sort out their assignments from house. This has sadly hampered communication from the Tokyo workplace, which, in flip, has led to delays in—or in excessive instances, cancellations of—asset deliveries from our outsource companions.
That stated, we have now spent a lot of 2021 addressing this situation, and hope to see its influence to a minimal by the brand new 12 months, permitting us to higher concentrate on the duties at hand: rising graphic useful resource high quality, refining fight mechanics, fleshing out particular person battles, placing the ending touches on cutscenes, and conducting total graphical optimization. Our major aim now could be to be as palms on with the sport as doable as a way to see it totally polished.
In order that leaves us with the query, when can we count on the subsequent spherical of data? Properly, I’m joyful to announce the present plan is to conduct our subsequent massive reveal in spring of 2022 as we search to construct pleasure main as much as the sport’s eventual launch.
I deeply apologize to all those that have been wanting ahead to studying extra about FINAL FANTASY XVI, and thanks in your continued endurance whereas we focus our mixed efforts on improvement.”
There was no timeline confirmed as to when the sport would launch, however they did begin sturdy with showcasing 4 minutes of footage throughout its reveal, so at the very least followers have that.