Development of Final Fantasy 16 has Been Delayed by Almost a Half-year Concerning Covid19. Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida recently announced on Twitter that the game would be delayed by six months owing to COVID-related issues. He earlier claimed that more substantial information would be available in the second part of 2021, but given that we’re already gearing up to ring in 2022, that ship appears to have sailed, and with good reason.
— FINAL FANTASY XVI (@finalfantasyxvi) December 27, 2021
Yoshida gave the bad news and explained why in a statement issued to the official Twitter account: “I promised I would have more information on Final Fantasy XVI sometime later in 2021. However, I regret to inform you that I will be unable to keep that promise as complications stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the game’s development by almost a half year.”
Final Fantasy 16 was first announced in September 2020 by Square Enix, but no release date for the PlayStation 5 and Windows PC game was given. By the end of the year, Yoshida and the Final Fantasy 16 team have promised to provide an update on the highly anticipated game. That reveal has been postponed indefinitely.
Final Fantasy XVI has been hampered by delays, which is unsurprising. The production of the first flagship Final Fantasy game for a next-generation platform has been a serious undertaking involving development teams from all over the world. Nonetheless, the delay means that what has already been a long wait for Final Fantasy XVI fans eager to see more of the next title will be extended even further, especially given that Final Fantasy XVI was first revealed in September 2020, before the PlayStation 5 was even released. There hasn’t been a new trailer, any fresh information about the game, or even an expected release date since that initial reveal.