Final Fantasy 16 looks great according to the latest round of previews, but it won’t do us any good if it doesn’t come to PC. The JRPG sequel is a six-month PlayStation 5 exclusive, while the PC version has no release date.
In a recent interview, producer Naoki Yoshida said that it definitely won’t be coming to PC after those six months, but that they “would like to release it eventually.”
“I caused a bit of a stir the other day with my remarks, but I’d like to touch on the PC version,” Yoshida says in an interview with the Japanese publication The PlayStation Blogwhich I fed into the Google Translate machine.
“First, it’s true that Final Fantasy XVI is a six-month limited exclusive on the PS5 platform. However, it is a completely different story that the PC version will be released in six months. I will make this clear. , but the PC version won’t be out for six months,” says Yoshida.
“That’s because we’ve spent a lot of time and money optimizing the PS5 platform to deliver the best gaming experience. Of course, I would like to release a PC version someday so that everyone can play as many games as possible. However, even if we start optimizing the PC version after the PS5 version is released, we won’t be able to optimize it in six months, so it won’t be released in the short period of six months. I’d love to release it eventually, and I think I will, but I’m not at the stage where I can say when.”
Which is fair enough, actually, and better than that Yoshida said in January. During the Final Fantasy 14 developer live stream, Yoshida stated that “no one has said a single word about a PC version,” ignoring a trailer released by Square Enix itself that mentioned a PC release.
Square Enix has a good recent history of bringing their games to PC. Final Fantasy VII Remake’s exclusivity ended in April 2021, and it arrived on PC in December of that year.