Final Fantasy XVI has been rated in Brazil, which usually means a release date announcement from Square Enix is imminent. This lines up with a previous report that suggested pre-orders would go live next week, landing around the same time The Game Awards is set to take place. As such, expect a new trailer and release date before the end of the year if this rating is accurate.
As spotted by Gematsu, Final Fantasy XVI was recently listed by a Brazilian ratings board. When games begin to get rated across the globe (often in South Korea), it typically means that the developer and publisher are very close to announcing a release date. To add a bit more fuel to the fire, a release date is expected to be announced on either 7 or 8 December. That’s quite interesting as The Game Awards takes place on 8 December, which seems like the ideal stage to reveal this information.
Sony bowed out of hosting any major showcases this year beyond smaller State of Play events, though the reasoning for this is unclear as the company typically hosts at least one or two major presentations per year in the past. It could be down to Sony simply not having anything ready to show yet, so it makes sense that Final Fantasy XVI would target The Game Awards as it’s the only big gaming event left this year.
In related news, Final Fantasy XVI might feature more than one playable character beyond protagonist Clive Rosfield. According to PlayStation, the game will only be exclusive to PS5 for six months. Thereafter, it might release on PC or potentially Xbox as well. Square Enix producer Naoki Yoshida also confirmed that we will receive a playable demo before release.
Final Fantasy XVI is currently in development for PS5.