It Looks Like Square Enix Have Learned From Their Mistakes
We’ve already posted a few times that Final Fantasy XVI might be a lot closer than we think. Whether it’s or the fact that the game has completed basic production or the fact that Square Enix were allegedly hiring people for an unnamed Final Fantasy project in April 2019, all signs point to a release date that’s sooner, rather than later. Add to that a relatively polished trailer which showcased gameplay instead of simply using cut scenes and, while a launch release window isn’t going to happen, it may be a lot sooner than we think – especially given the notorious development cycle of Final Fantasy XV.
But is 2021 too soon? Perhaps not, as Official Playstation Magazine revealed in a teaser for their upcoming 181st issue.
“It’s official: Final Fantasy 16 is coming in 2021 and it’s only on PS5. This next-gen debut for Final Fantasy will make use of all of the tech inside Sony’s new console. But who are the new heroes, what is that massive fire demon, and what’s the combat style this time around? Pick up a copy of Official PlayStation Magazine issue 181 and find the answers to these questions, and more.”
Of course, this could be a mistake, or the result of crossed wires down the line, but it’s hard to imagine the Official PlayStation Magazine using the word “official” to describe the release window if they weren’t certain. It’s also possible that the leak was unintended, and staff were made aware of the release window and putting it in the promo by mistake. With an official Final Fantasy XVI website launching this month, and hopefully giving us more to work with, it’s possible that we’ll get a release date sooner than expected – either there, or in the article itself. If the release date does hold true then 2021 will see the release of a new God of War, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Horizon: Forbidden West, and a new Final Fantasy, making it one of the strongest first years in console gaming history.