Final Fantasy XVI is the latest game to experience development delays due to COVID, and game producer Naoki Yoshida in a letter posted on Twitter announces that work on the next role-playing game for PlayStation 5 has been delayed by approximately six months. Additionally, Yoshida announced that the next big reveal of the upcoming title, originally promised sometime in 2021, will now be postponed until spring 2022.
– FINAL FANTASY XVI (@finalfantasyxvi) December 27, 2021
Unsurprisingly, Final Fantasy XVI experienced delays. Since this is the first Final Fantasy flagship game for the next-gen console, the development process requires a great deal of effort for development teams around the world. “To offset the impact of COVID-19, we had to decentralize this workforce by allowing employees to do their work from home,” explains Yoshida’s letter. “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.”
However, the delay means that Final Fantasy fans wanting to see more of the next game have been waiting even longer, especially since Final Fantasy XVI was first released in September 2020, even before the PlayStation 5 was released. Since the first opening, there has been no new trailer, no additional information about the game, not even an estimated release date
Final Fantasy XV, the last numbered release in the franchise’s main series, was released more than five years ago, in November 2016. Still, Square Enix kept gamers busy in the meantime with more recent releases like Final Fantasy VII Remake. and ongoing expansions for its online MMO Final Fantasy XIV, the latest expansion of which, Endwalker, is in such high demand that Square Enix had to suspend game sales in an attempt to reduce server queues. (Yoshida is also the producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV, in addition to his work on Final Fantasy XVI.)
Still, there’s hope for Final Fantasy fans – Yoshida’s letter notes that the team has spent most of 2021 addressing COVID-related delays and plans to “better focus” on things like improving the game’s graphics, mechanics combat, cat scenes, etc. and much more ahead of its “next grand opening” in spring 2022.
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