We may soon have another trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI, according to Naoki Yoshida, the game’s producer. He made the comments during a livestream to promote a collaboration between NieR Reincarnation and Final Fantasy XIV.
“We have a finished trailer, but due to various circumstances its release has been a bit delayed,” said Yoshida, responding to some gentle pressure from NieR series producer Yosuke Saito. “I reckon it’ll be coming out very soon, though.”
On the game itself, Yoshida said that it was “really taking shape” and praised the hard work of the development team. “Now we’re playtesting, polishing, and debugging, and I want us to be able to take our time with it.”
Yoshida previously revealed in an interview with Uniqlo that the game was in the final stages of development, saying in the livestream that he received a “cold email” from the US marketing team for letting the information slip.
Final Fantasy XVI is the first mainline entry in the series since 2016, and was revealed during September 2020’s PS5 showcase.
The game is set on the continent of Valisthea, home to six factions driven to the verge of war by a mysterious Blight, with powerful beings called Eikons summoned by their human Dominants. Compared to the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV, Yoshida has previously said that the game “offers a different experience where it focuses on the individual player and immerses you in the story.”
After Yoshida’s comments about the delay, speculation abounds that the “various circumstances” may be Sony’s desire to air the new trailer at a showcase or State of Play this year.
While no release date has been announced, 2022 is the 35th anniversary of the original Final Fantasy. With development starting to wrap and a new trailer on the way, a 2022 release may not be impossible.
Jack Richardson is a freelance writer at IGN.