January 21, 2022

Last Fantasy XVI hit with an enormous delay, however a brand new reveal is on the best way


Maybe one of the vital thrilling upcoming video games for PlayStation 5 is Last Fantasy XVI. Sadly, we haven’t seen a complete lot from the sport but, and it appears to be like prefer it’ll be some time till we see extra as a result of right now Sq. Enix introduced a delay for the sport. It’s a reasonably important one, too, as Last Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida says that the COVID-19 pandemic has “delayed the sport’s improvement by nearly a half yr.”

Yoshida revealed this in a prolonged assertion revealed to Twitter early this morning. Whereas most builders merely blame challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic and depart it at that, Yoshida went into specifics about how the pandemic has impacted the event of Last Fantasy XVI.

In response to his assertion, the COVID-19 pandemic pressured Sq. Enix to decentralize the Last Fantasy XVI workforce by shifting to work-from-home. “This has sadly hampered communication from the Tokyo workplace, which, in flip, has led to delays in – or in excessive circumstances, cancellations of – asset deliveries from our outsource companions,” Yoshida defined.

The excellent news, in accordance with Yoshida, is that Sq. Enix has hammered out these points all through 2021, so having the workforce work distant shouldn’t trigger as many issues in 2022. There’s nonetheless quite a bit to be performed, as Yoshida says that the workforce might be specializing in “rising graphic useful resource high quality, refining fight mechanics, fleshing out particular person battles, placing the ending touches on cutscenes, and conducting general graphical optimization,” however the Last Fantasy XVI builders ought to have the ability to higher deal with these duties within the new yr.

As for when Last Fantasy XVI may launch, that’s nonetheless up within the air. We have been presupposed to get one other take a look at the sport earlier than the top of this yr, however that’s not taking place. As a substitute, Yoshida says that Last Fantasy XVI‘s “subsequent huge reveal” will occur in spring 2022.

Whereas that hopefully means we’ll see the sport launch sooner or later subsequent yr, it’s inconceivable to inform with out extra specifics from Sq. Enix. Certainly, quite a bit is up within the air in the mean time, and COVID surges led to by the Omicron variant may disrupt plans additional. Hopefully, the Last Fantasy XVI is considerably insulated from such surges, however COVID-19 looms over any potential launch timeline regardless.

We’ll simply have to attend and see what Yoshida and Sq. Enix announce subsequent. It’s unlikely that we’ll hear extra about Last Fantasy XVI earlier than that huge spring reveal, however hopefully, that offers us new launch particulars, an prolonged take a look at the sport, or each. For now, Last Fantasy XVI has solely been confirmed for PlayStation 5, however we’ll let you already know if that adjustments sooner or later.

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