Final Fantasy XVI Director Denies Rumors of PC Release Coming Half a Year Later

During the Final Fantasy XIV New Year Mahjong tournament broadcasted on the Japanese video-sharing website NicoNico, Naoki Yoshida, the producer and director of Final Fantasy XVI, happened to notice a comment from a viewer asking him about an ongoing rumor that the title would be coming to PC platforms six months later after the “PlayStation exclusive” agreement wore off.

Final Fantasy XVI 2

Yoshida then proceeded to state that “nobody said anything about a PC version coming out”, expressing (in a rather sarcastic tone) that players should “buy the PS5 version!”. Furthermore, he also revealed some behind-the-scenes stories about how he adjusted the patch delivery schedule for Final Fantasy XIV at the same time he was directing Final Fantasy XVI as well. Unfortunately, that segment of the livestream requires users to subscribe to the Nico Nico Premium membership.

Japanese comments on the article have rightfully pointed out that the reason that Yoshida might be denying those claims might be due to clauses and conditions that are present in the contract that they signed up with Sony, and honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. Because when you stop to think about it, if you leave yourself open and reveal even the faintest possibility of another platform releasing, there’s the risk of sales being lost, thus violating the reason behind the exclusivity contract, as fans “wait for the PC release”. However, that’s just speculation.

Final Fantasy XVI 5

Final Fantasy XVI is set to be a more action-heavy entry than its predecessors, with a Devil May Cry V designer even taking the helm. Throughout the title, players will control the protagonist Clive, as he confronts various Dominants, humans who have been cursed with the power to become Eikons.

Clive is the “First Shield of Rosaria,” sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, who’s the Dominant of Phoenix. However, following tragedy, Clive swears revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit.

The producer, Naoki Yoshida, describes this game as akin to his experience with the first Final Fantasy, as “playing the lead in an epic motion picture.” The reasoning for this title’s action-oriented approach and more classical fantasy setting was to “appeal to as wide a range of gamers as possible.” Moreover, “there will be a “comprehensive support system in place for players who aren’t too confident with action games.”

Final Fantasy XVI is launching exclusively for PlayStation 5 on June 22, 2023.

This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate Noisy Pixel earns from qualifying purchases.