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Final Fantasy 16 is a PS5 exclusive ‘for 6 months’, Sony marketing claims
The upcoming sequel could be ported to PC after its exclusivity window expires
Final Fantasy 16 will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive for at least six months after its summer 2023 release.
That’s according to a new marketing video published by Sony on Monday, which features FF16 footage along with the disclaimer: “Final Fantasy 16 is anticipated summer 2023. PS5 exclusive for six months.”
The confirmation potentially paves the way for a PC port of Final Fantasy 16 in 2024. To date, the title has only been announced for PlayStation 5.
Curiously, the game’s 2020 reveal trailer did mention a PC version, but this reference was removed from later versions of the video.
Recent franchise entries such as Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade eventually did make their way to PC.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s 12-month PlayStation exclusivity period was due to end in April 2021. However, this was seemingly extended by six months with the release of PS5’s Intergrade version in June 2021.
Sure enough, a PC version of Intergrade was released in December 2021 – almost exactly six months after the PlayStation 5 version. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is yet to release on Xbox, however, more than two years after its initial release.
In a recent interview, Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida told Famitsu that Final Fantasy 16’s release date will be announced later this year. Yoshida also claimed the game is now nearing the final stages of development.
“With regards to development, the team has turned the corner and entered the home stretch, and is currently concentrating its efforts on debugging, tweaking, polishing, and optimisation,” he said.
In a separate statement, the game’s director Hiroshi Takai said: “As the game edges closer to completion, the team has turned its full attention to debugging and final adjustments. Now that things are starting to come together, the game is sizing up to be something truly special.