Final Fantasy XVI is almost half a year behind schedule, according to Square Enix.
Producer Naoki Yoshida announced on Monday that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused unexpected production problems and that the game’s “next big discovery” will now not occur until spring 2022.
“When we last spoke, I promised that I would get more information on Final Fantasy XVI at the end of 2021,” Yoshida said. said… “However, I regret to inform you that I will not be able to keep this promise, as complications associated with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have delayed the development of the game by almost six months.
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“As the latest addition to the Final Fantasy series being developed for the PlayStation 5, Final Fantasy XVI has assembled a sizable team of talented creators from around the world,” he continued. “However, in order to neutralize the impact of Covid-19, we had to decentralize this workforce, allowing employees to carry out their tasks from home.
“Unfortunately, this made it difficult to communicate with the Tokyo office, which, in turn, led to delays – or in extreme cases, cancellation – of the supply of assets by our outsourcing partners.
“Nevertheless, we spent most of 2021 solving this problem and hope to see its impact to a minimum by the new year, which will allow us to better focus on current tasks: improving the quality of graphic resources, improving combat mechanics, specifying individual battles, completing – scenes and general graphics optimization. Our main goal now is to get to know the game as closely as possible in order to see it fully polished. “
Yoshida said Square Enix plans to “have the next big showdown in the spring of 2022 as we aim to generate buzz ahead of a possible release of the game.”
Square Enix officially announced Final Fantasy XVI at the PS5 launch in September 2020.
While no release date has been confirmed, the announcement included nearly four minutes of video footage covering various aspects of the game, suggesting that it is in development.
Final Fantasy XVI is directed by Hiroshi Takai, a designer who played a similar role in Final Fantasy XIV and The Last Remnant.