TGS 2020: Naoki Yoshida Saw Y'all Saying Final Fantasy XVI Will Take Forever to Release, It Won't

Yoko Taro baited Square Enix Producer Naoki Yoshida into chatting about Final Fantasy XVI a little bit during the Final Fantasy XIV stream at TGS 2020.

By Iyane Agossah

September 27, 2020

At TGS 2020, final day, Square Enix held a live stream on Final Fantasy XIV YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse,  with Yoko Taro, Yosuke Saito (NieR series Director), Toshio Muro (FFXIV Global Community Producer), and Final Fantasy XVI Producer Naoki Yoshida. Yoko Taro and Yosuke Saito joined the stream once the intro was over. Yoko Taro made a joke on how now that the two of them joined an FF14 stream, it became an FF16 stream.

This prompted Naoki Yoshida to quickly chat about the Final Fantasy XVI reveal trailer. Though that was obviously scripted like every Japanese show. First off, YoshiP mentioned a teaser site for Final Fantasy XVI will be launching in late October 2020, since they didn’t start one yet. Square Enix previously mentioned additional information will be coming in 2021, meaning the teaser site shouldn’t have anything. It’ll be a teaser site after all. For now they’re focusing on the game’s development.

Next, Naoki Yoshida mentioned that for the Final Fantasy XVI reveal trailer, they wanted to avoid as much as possible only showing some pre-rendered cutscenes and a logo. Because people would then say “lol FF16 won’t release before 2035″. Yoshida actually saw multiple English comments like that. They anticipated reactions like that, and that’s why they tried to include as much ingame as possible in the reveal trailer. Even though that was pretty difficult because they’re anything but done when it comes to optimization or tuning. I believe that would explain why the footage recorded was running on PC instead of PS5 too.

Overall, Yoshida said the trailer has pretty much no “selling points”. Instead of trying to make the game look appealing at all costs, they just showed what FF16 actually looks like for now. Obviously the game will keep improving.

Final Fantasy XVI was announced on the PS5 showcase in September 2020 . While the reveal trailer from the showcase mentioned FFXVI is a timed exclusive to PS5 and will later come to PC, the Square Enix uploaded version of the trailer and the press release for the game only mention PS5 for the game’s platforms. However, it’s very likely Final Fantasy XVI  is indeed a time-limited exclusive and will come to PC sometime after its launch one day.

Right before TGS 2020, a new report claimed Final Fantasy XVI is in development for at least 4 years and will launch sooner than most people think. “4 years” is in touch with what we knew: Square Enix announced an AAA game was in development in 2016, and that game entered full scale development in 2019. And we now know this game was Final Fantasy XVI.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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