Final Fantasy 16 is now facing a six month long delay in its release, due to circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was originally Square Enix’s plan to new Final Fantasy 16 footage for PS5, before 2021 ended. However, the company is now looking towards somewhere in the middle of the next year, for the same. Naoki Yoshida, the game’s producer, took to the game’s official Twitter account to reveal this information.
In the announcement, Yoshida reveals that this delay has been caused arising from complications brought about by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “When we last spoke, 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 from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have delayed the game’s development by almost half a year”, writes Yoshida.
Final Fantasy 16 Release Date Pushed Back By Six Months
According to the announcement, the team not being located centrally in one location complicated matters and affected the pace of development, taking a toll on the process, and the root cause behind the delay in the release of Final Fantasy 16. “This has unfortunately hampered communication from the Tokyo office, which, in turn, has led to delays in – or in extreme cases, cancellations of – asset deliveries from our outsource partners”, elaborates Yoshida.