Square Enix plans to announce a PS5 release date for Final Fantasy XVI sometime this year, game producer Naoki Yoshida has said. In an interview with FamitsuYoshida is asked if a concrete date will be confirmed beyond the “summer 2023” window, to which he says: “We’re planning to release information again later this year, so I think That we can say that at that time. I don’t think it’s going to end this summer, so I think it’s fine (laughs).”
Elsewhere in the piece, Final Fantasy XVI is described as “about 95 percent” complete. The team is said to be playing through the JRPG “day in and day out”, tweaking elements and making improvements. “Anyway, the scale of the game is huge, so debugging takes a lot of time. Almost all programmers are fiddling with code to fix bugs,” adds Yoshida.
Given the fact that the announcement of a Final Fantasy XVI release date is a big deal, there will be an obvious destination to reveal Game Awards In early December. Unless Sony has a surprise State of play livestream up its sleeve — or Square Enix decides to share the news on its own — then it looks like Geoff Keighley is the guy to turn to. The latest information drop we received was a four-minute trailer full of characters and world-building, with confirmation that development is in the “home stretch.”
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