Big picture: Don’t look now, but the ongoing pandemic has affected yet another highly anticipated game, resulting in a delay of roughly six months. In fact, this is the second Final Fantasy game to be hit by the pandemic in so many weeks.
Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida tweeted that in his latest post, he promised more information on Final Fantasy XVI in late 2021. Details weren’t mentioned, but reading between the lines, it looked like Square Enix had a big announcement planned. the end of the year.
– FINAL FANTASY XVI (@finalfantasyxvi) December 27, 2021
However, this is not happening anymore, as Yoshida said that due to the ongoing pandemic, the development of the game was delayed by almost six months.
Continuing to clarify, Yoshida said that, like many others, they had to switch to a work-from-home model to get the wheels to work. This slowed down communication from the Tokyo office and, in some extreme situations, led to the complete cancellation of asset shipments by third parties.
The project is now far behind schedule, but is still going according to plan. Square Enix is now targeting its next major opening in spring 2022. Yoshida apologized for the delay and thanked fans for their patience.
Final Fantasy XVI was introduced in 2020 and will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive. Not to be confused with Final Fantasy XIV, which was suspended earlier this month due to server overload. There are no updates on this at the time of this writing.