Final Fantasy XVI Producer Naoki Yoshida announced new information regarding Final Fantasy XVI will appear in Spring 2022. Additionally, Yoshida explained why updates regarding the upcoming Final Fantasy title has not appeared. Previously, new details regarding Final Fantasy XVI would have appeared sometime in 2021. Though, Yoshida did clarify that no new information regarding the game would appear at TGS 2021. However, Yoshida stated that due to the on-going situation concerning COVID-19, development on the Final Fantasy XVI has been delayed by roughly six months. This is largely why the team did not provide updates. Instead, new information about the title will arrive sometime in Spring 2022.
The statement details the situation in full and outlines the various reasons as to why updates have gone silent. Due to COVID-19, outsourced resources for Final Fantasy XVI saw delays, or in some more extreme cases, were outright canceled. Yoshida revealed that the team spent a large portion of 2021 dealing with these issues specifically. Additionally, he stated that the team is now focusing on refining combat mechanics and putting the finishing touches on cutscenes.
You can read the statement in full below.
A message from Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida. #FF16 #FFXVI pic.twitter.com/qtfJUUp6LA
— FINAL FANTASY XVI (@finalfantasyxvi) December 27, 2021
Final Fantasy XVI is currently in development for the PlayStation 5.