Final Fantasy 16 delayed ‘almost half a year’ due to COVID-19

Last Dream 16 manufacturer Naoki Yoshida prepared fans of the franchise for a longer wait on that video game in an upgrade on advancement released Monday. Yoshida, who likewise acts as manufacturer on Last Dream 14 Online and the MMO’s just recently launched Endwalker growth, stated that the continuous COVID-19 pandemic has actually seriously affected advancement of Last Dream 16, causing a hold-up “by almost half a year.”

Square Enix initially revealed Last Dream 16 in September 2020, however did not offer a release window for the PlayStation 5 and Windows PC video game. Yoshida and the Last Dream 16 group did promise to provide an upgrade on the extremely prepared for video game by the end of this year. That expose has actually summarily been postponed.

“I promised I would have more information on Final Fantasy XVI sometime later in 2021,” Yoshida stated in a declaration published to the Last Dream 16 Twitter account Monday. “However, I regret to inform you that I will be unable to keep that promise as complications stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have delayed the game’s development by almost a half year.”

Yoshida stated that Last Dream 16 “has amassed a sizable team composed of talented creators from around the world” which to fight the spread of COVID-19, that group has actually been working from house.

“This has unfortunately hampered communication from the Tokyo office, which, in turn, has to led to delays in — or in extreme cases, cancellations of — asset deliveries from our outsource partners,” Yoshida stated. “That said, we have spent much of 2021 addressing this issue and hope to see its impact to a minimum by the new year, allowing us to better focus on the tasks at hand: increasing graphic resource quality, refining combat mechanics, fleshing out individual battles, putting the finishing touches on cutscenes, and conducting overall graphical optimization. Our primary goal is now to be as hands on with the game as possible in order to see it fully polished.”

Yoshida stated that the Last Dream 16 group strategies “to conduct our next big reveal in spring of 2022 as we seek to build excitement leading up to the game’s eventual release.” Yoshida did not provide any extra clearness regarding when the video game would be launched, however fans most likely shouldn’t anticipate the complete video game in 2022 at this rate.

Here’s Yoshida’s declaration completely:

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.