Naoki Yoshida (or Yoshi-P), director of the highly anticipated upcoming JRPG Final Fantasy XVI, has confirmed that the game is in the final stages of development. The game was first unveiled in 2020 as a PS5 exclusive, though no release date was given.
Final Fantasy XVI still doesn’t have a concrete release date, but the game entering its final stages of development is excellent news as this means that fans won’t have to wait too long to get their hands on the next mainline chapter in the Final Fantasy series.
Yoshida’s full statement on the development update of Final Fantasy XVI reads:
“Right now the development of FF16 is in its final stage. As a single player game, we are aiming to integrate story and gameplay even further. Different to a game where many people play online at the same time, the extent to which the game has an individual focus changes how immersed you are in the story. I think it’s become a story with quite a lot of depth.
To people who have grown up, entered working society and think ‘reality isn’t as easy-going as a video game’, and at some point ended up separating from Final Fantasy, we want to want them to remember their passion from back then. We’re making the game with that intention.”
Yoshida talked about the difference in developing an online multiplayer game as opposed to a single-player story-focused title. The director’s team also worked on the acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Online.
Meanwhile, Square Enix has yet to provide an update on Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2, which is currently in development. The second part (out of an unknown amount of parts for the ambitious remake) aims to retell the story of the classic PS1 title, though providing enhancements to visuals and gameplay tweaks for modern audiences.
Final Fantasy XVI is currently in development for PS5.