Final Fantasy 16 in the ‘final stages’ of development, says producer

Final Fantasy 16 Producer Naoki Yoshida says the next main game in the Final Fantasy series is in the “final stages” of development, according to comments Yoshida submitted to Uniqlo’s UT magazine. (Yes, Uniqlo, the clothing retail giant, which is launching a new series of Final Fantasy T-shirts for the franchise’s 35th anniversary.)

Yoshida, aka “Yoshi-P”, also offered some insight into the development philosophy behind it Final Fantasy 16 Insights that seem tailored to appeal to the kind of player who may happily remember previous Final Fantasy games but who actually only buys retro T-shirts now.

“Unlike an online game that involves many players at the same time, [Final Fantasy 16] offers a different experience where it focuses on the individual player and immerses you in the story, ”said Yoshida according to a translation from Final Fantasy fan and Twitch streamer Audrey. “I think it’s a very well-crafted story. For those who have grown up and realized that reality is not kind to you and are driven away from Final Fantasy, we hope that FF16 will be a game that can once again bring back the passion you once had with the series. “

Publisher Square Enix has not communicated any release date for Final Fantasy 16, but Yoshida has even promised to show new information about the game sometime this spring. Yoshida has said that too FF16‘s development was slowed by the pandemic, which affected the game’s development by as much as six months.

Final Fantasy 16 was announced in September 2020 as a PlayStation 5 game. A PC version has also been announced.