Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida has said the game is in its final stages of development.
Yoshida confirmed the progress in a pamphlet that came with the franchise’s official clothing line, translated by Twitter user @aitaikimochiand said “We are in the final stages of the development of the numbered game in the series, Final Fantasy XVI. “
Yoshida added that he believes the story of the game, which is obviously a very different experience from Final Fantasy 14 Online (which he also produces), is a concrete experience that will bring older fans back.
Yoshida Naoki says that FF16 is already in the final stages of development and he says that the story is very well developed.His comment was published in the magazine Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary Uniqlo. Here is the full translation! pic.twitter.com/X23AFqOXfJ
– Audrey ー (@aitaikimochi) April 29, 2022
“Unlike an online game that involves many players at the same time, Final Fantasy 16 offers a different experience, focusing on the individual player and immersing you in the story,” he said according to the translation.
“For those who have grown up and realized that reality is not kind to you, and who are driven away from Final Fantasy, we hope that Final Fantasy 16 will be a game that can once again bring back the passion that you once had with the series. “
Yoshida has been pretty open about the game’s development timeline. He said in July last year that the story and the English voice-over were almost finished, but the game was later delayed due to COVID-19.
He also promised that a big unveiling would take place in the spring of this year, meaning it might not be long before fans figure out when they can expect to play the game.
Given that Final Fantasy 16’s development is in its final stages, and 2022 marks the franchise’s 35th anniversary, it would certainly make sense for Square Enix to release the first mainline entry since 2016 this year.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He will talk about The Witcher all day.