Final Fantasy XVI Producer Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida denied rumors of a deliberate PC launch. The feedback got here throughout a stream following the Final Fantasy XIV New Year’s Mahjong Tournament occasion held on January 9, 2023. The event, held every year by FFXIV‘s growth crew, is streamed reside by Japanese video service Nico Nico Douga. [Thanks, Inside!]
Following the event, Yoshida appeared on a premium members-only stream to reply fan questions and touch upon numerous matters. He responded to rumors about a Final Fantasy XVI PC model. Speaking in Japanese, he stated:
There’s been discuss that the PC model [of FFXVI] will come out, however nobody [on the team] has stated something in regards to the PC model. I ponder why folks assume the PC model will arrive six months after [the PS5 version], so simply go forward and purchase a PS5.
The rumors Yoshida appears to be addressing along with his feedback appear to be associated to earlier reveals about Final Fantasy XVI’s launch. During the 2020 PlayStation 5 Showcase stream, the preliminary FFXVI reveal trailer stated that the game can be “Also available on PC.” The wording was omitted from the official trailer add by Square Enix and the official press launch. Two years later, Sony’s PS5-focused “Play Like Never Before” trailer aired in November 2022 and talked about that FFXVI can be a “PS5 exclusive for six months.”
It appears that the hypothesis conflated these two details to conclude that the Final Fantasy XVI PC launch will occur six months after the PS5 launch. Yoshida’s response on this case has been to say, in impact, that he and the crew should not speaking about any model of FFXVI moreover the PS5 launch for now. The feedback additionally appear to warning in opposition to assuming some other platform releases, PC included, will occur when the PS5 exclusivity window closes.
For its half, Square Enix has introduced a number of current main releases to PC. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade launched on PC in December 2021, a bit greater than 6 months after the PS5 launch (and greater than 20 months after the unique PS4 launch in April 2020). Meanwhile Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion was a day-and-date launch throughout PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Final Fantasy XVI will launch on PS5 on June 22, 2023.