Unfortunately, Final Fantasy XVI leaked last week ahead of the game’s 22 June release date. Retailers in certain regions started selling the game early and some deliveries were sent out earlier than expected. As a result, the internet is slowly being flooded with leaks and spoilers because no one cares if you want to enjoy something for yourself.
Various websites and social media platforms have been the target of leakers who have blatantly shared footage, story spoilers and other content from the retail release of Final Fantasy XVI.
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The leaks are so out of hand that Square Enix was forced to release a statement warning users to avoid certain platforms and forums until they are ready. The publisher has also urged users who managed to get the game early to avoid spoiling things for the rest. I doubt people will actually care enough to keep things to themselves though.
The statement reads:
“We’re aware that a small number of physical copies of Final Fantasy XVI are being circulated. We are in the process of a thorough investigation into illegitimate acquisitions and are acting to limit this head of the official launch of the game on June 22nd. For those who receive a copy ahead of launch, we kindly ask that you do not share any aspect of the game, including screenshots, videos, and livestreams, until after Final Fantasy XVI has officially launched. Our priority is to ensure that the full game experience is not spoiled for our fans, and to do that we will take down any images, videos or streams published ahead of launch day. We ask for your assistance and cooperation in this final week ahead of launch.”
Square Enix has also taken steps to prevent spoilers from being posted online. The publisher has handed out more DMCA takedown notices than Mog says “kupo” in a conversation.
If you want to avoid spoilers, I highly recommend muting the words “Final Fantasy XVI” and all its relevant hashtags on Twitter in the meantime.
Final Fantasy XVI is set to launch this week. Square Enix has recently confirmed the game’s New Game+ Mode and trophy list. You can read all about that here.
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