Don't hold your breath for Final Fantasy 16 at Tokyo Game Show

Final Fantasy 16 concept art Clive
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During a recent and extremely long livestream in support of Final Fantasy 14, producer Naoki Yoshida gave away a little bit of info about the other game he's producing at the moment: Final Fantasy 16. Mostly, what he said was not to expect to see it at Tokyo Game Show this September/October.

However, development is apparently coming along at a decent pace. According to translation courtesy of Twitch streamer Aita Kimochi, the scenarios have all been completely written, and recording for the English voice-acting is close to being done. What's likely to keep it away from Tokyo Game Show this year is perfectionism, and a desire not to give much away before Final Fantasy 16 is ready for release.

According to Kimochi, Yoshida mentioned the battle system and "things that have not even been touched upon yet" would be in the next announcement, but that announcement won't be ready until shortly before release.

We're hoping that Final Fantasy 16 will come to PC shortly after a brief exclusivity window on PlayStation 5, but Sony remains tight-lipped on that subject.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.