Final Fantasy 16 Producer Suggests PC Players Just ‘Buy A PS5’

Final Fantasy 16 Producer Suggests PC Players Just ‘Buy A PS5’

“Just buy a PS5? What, is it hard?” Screenshot: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XVI, the next installment in the long-running JRPG series, will be released on June 22 as an exclusive for PlayStation 5. This exclusivity is a bit of a bummer since other Final Fantasy games, such as Final Fantasy VII Remake, were also available on the PC. And the last major entry, Final Fantasy XV, was multiplatform. Unfortunately, at least for now, the new Final Fantasy game will remain only on PlayStation 5, according to the game’s maker.

Producer Naoki Yoshida, known colloquially as Yoshi-P, was interviewed at a Mahjong tournament over the weekend where he was about Final Fantasy XVI coming to PC, something Square Enix confirmed when it revealed the game almost two years ago. However, despite that detail found in the trailer’s footnote text, Yoshi-P said the release information is wrong, according to a “rough translation” from Japanese gaming news Twitter account Genki_JPN. In fact, there might not even be a PC version at all, as Yoshi-P is apparently suggesting people go out and buy a PS5.

“No one said a word about releasing a PC version,” Yoshi-P said. “Why does it feel like a PC version is coming out six months later? Don’t worry about it, buy a PS5! Sorry, I overdid it. We did our best, so please look forward to it.”

Interestingly, Yoshi-P is claiming that a PC version is not planned. Reviewing some old Final Fantasy XVI trailers, such as the one for Awakening from September 2020, it was eventually stated that the game is “not available on other platforms for a limited time after its release on PS5”, suggesting that perhaps may strike others. keyboards in the future at least. Such was the case with the Final Fantasy VII Remake, where the “limited time” window was about a year. However, all recent marketing for the game, from the newest trailers to its official website, now makes no mention of what’s coming to PC. This is unfortunate considering that other Final Fantasy games are on more platforms than just PlayStation, and the fact that Sony’s newest console can still be hard to find. But in the grand scheme of things, knowing how deep Square Enix’s relationship with PlayStation is, it’s not surprising. At the very least the franchise deal should take advantage of the PlayStation 5’s hardware so there’s no charge.

Kotaku reached out to Square Enix for clarification, but did not receive a response prior to publication.

In addition to standing firm with PlayStation consoles, Final Fantasy XVI has been rated as mature for several types of content featured in the game. Specifically, according to a translation on the Brazilian website Ministério da Justiça, for hate crimes (yikes) and sex scenes (nice).

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