Top Games

Final Fantasy 16 Delayed 'Almost a Half Year‘ by Covid-19

A new report from Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantay 16’s development has been delayed by “almost a half year.”
A new report from Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantay 16’s development has been delayed by “almost a half year.” / Square Enix

A new report from Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantay 16’s development has been delayed by “almost a half year.”

The announcement was made through the verified Final Fantasy XVI (FF16) Twitter account on Monday, Dec. 27. In a posted graphic, Naomi Yoshida, producer for FF16, explained the situation to fans eagerly awaiting the game’s release.

“When last we spoke, I promise I would have more information on FINAL FANTASY XVI sometime later in 2021,” Yoshida wrote, “However, I regret to inform you that I will be unable to keep that promise…”

FF16 Delayed Until Spring 2022

Yoshida continued, “…complications stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have delayed the game’s development by almost a half year.”

He went on to explain that while the development of FF16 drew a massive team of “talented creators across the world,” the pandemic forced the studio to de-centralize their workforce—like several other companies. This caused communication breakdowns which hindered the development of and, in some cases, cancelled certain assets needed to move forward.

In response, the studio spent much of 2021 reworking such communications in order to refocus efforts on important parts of development, including: “increasing graphic research quality, refining combat mechanics, fleshing out individual battles, putting the finishing touches on cutscenes, and conducting overall graphical optimization.”

So, when can fans expect FF16 to release? According to Yoshida, the team is currently targeting Spring 2022. They plan to continue building hype until its reveal.

”I deeply apologize to all those who have been looking forward to learning more about FINAL FANTASY XVI, and thank you for your continued patience while we focus our combined efforts on development.” Yoshida wrote.