Here are messages from Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida and director Hiroshi Takai:
Naoki Yoshida, Final Fantasy XVI Producer
“Final Fantasy XVI producer (that’s right, just producer) Naoki Yoshida here. How did you enjoy the trailer? The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game. In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay.
“Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for Final Fantasy XVI, but for Final Fantasy XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!”
Hiroshi Takai, Final Fantasy XVI Director
“When Final Fantasy I was released, I was just another player─a young student with big dreams. By the time Final Fantasy V was in the works, I had earned myself a seat at the developers’ table… albeit at the very end. From there, I moved “online” leaving my mark on both Final Fantasy XI and XIV.
“And now… XVI.
“From the establishment of an all new development environment, to learning the ins-and-outs of the PlayStation 5, the team and I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied Final Fantasy franchise. And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However, I promise it will be worth the wait!”
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.
Update 6:46 p.m.: While the trailer shown during the PlayStation 5 Showcase included a footnote that said Final Fantasy XVI is “also available on PC,” the official announcement and trailer published by Square Enix do not mention a PC version. When asked about a PC version, the company told Gematsu: “We have no further information on if Final Fantasy XVI will be released on platforms other than the PS5.”