Development delayed almost 6 months

Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida has written to fans apologizing for the lack of updates promised in late 2021. Unfortunately, the game’s development has been delayed for nearly six months due to the pandemic, and as a result, the next “big” reveal is slated for spring 2022.

According to Yoshida, like Final Fantasy XVIAs development progressed, it understandably gathered a sizeable and globally dispersed development team consisting of both internal and external partners. To minimize the effects of the ongoing pandemic, Square Enix “decentralized” the game’s staff, resulting in communication difficulties and missed deadlines.

The good news is that Square Enix appears to have established a modus operandi around the pandemic, which Yoshida says will minimize the negative impact next year. The team’s focus now is on “improving the quality of the graphics resources, refining battle mechanics, fleshing out individual battles, finalizing cutscenes, and performing general graphics optimization.”

“I’m pleased to announce that the current plan is to hold our next big reveal in Spring 2022, as we try to build suspense leading up to the game’s eventual release,” Yoshida wrote. “I offer my sincere apologies to all those who were looking forward to learning more about Final Fantasy XVI, and thank you for your continued patience as we focus our joint efforts on development.”

You can read the letter in its entirety below.