Final Fantasy XVI Announces Pre-Launch Update & Pre-Load Time

During the latest Final Fantasy XVI pre-launch stream comprising the following staff, the team announced that there will, in fact, be a pre-release update.

  • Producer – Naoki Yoshida
  • Director – Hiroshi Takai
  • Creative Director – Kazutoyo Maehiro
  • Localization Director – Michael-Christopher Koji Fox
  • Art Director – Hiroshi Minagawa
  • Combat Director – Ryota Suzuki
  • Composer – Soken Masayoshi
  • Cinematic Manager – Takeo Suzuki

Before the game officially launches, Square Enix is working on a pre-release update for Final Fantasy XVI implementing the following:

  • Fix a control flag issue which can make progress impossible under very specific circumstances.
  • Fix an issue wherein the game could close unexpectedly under very specific circumstances.
  • Optimize performance in several places
  • Fix some minor text errors

The update will be roughly 300 MB and launch on June 20, 2023. The team is quite saddened by this since they wanted to avoid doing any pre-launch day updates, but at least this one seems pretty minor.

Lastly, pre-loading will be available 48 hours (2 days) before the game launches in every region.

You can view the stream where this announcement was made below:

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 a certain 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.”

In case you missed it, check out our preview.

You can download the official Final Fantasy XVI demo now.

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


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