Final Fantasy XVI Won’t Be on PC Six Months After PS5 Release, More Time Required for Optimization

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Final Fantasy fans who want to play the latest installment of Square Enix’s premier RPG franchise sooner rather than later are going to need a PlayStation 5. Speaking to the Japanese PS Blog staff, Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed that the game will not be available for PC six months after the PS5 version as previously suggested, clarifying that while the game is technically only a six-month limited-time exclusive for Sony’s next-gen console, PC gamers may have to wait much longer for what will presumably be the definitive FFXVI experience. Yoshida explained that the FFXVI team needed more time to optimize the game for PC.

From a PlayStation.Blog post (machine translation):

I’ve caused a bit of a stir with my remarks the other day, but I’d like to touch on the PC version. First of all, it is true that FINAL FANTASY XVI is a six-month limited time exclusive on the PS5 platform. However, it is a completely different story that the PC version will be released in half a year. I will make it clear, but the PC version will not come out in half a year.

This is because we 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 at some point so that everyone can play as many games as possible. However, even if we start optimizing the PC version after the PS5 version comes out, we won’t be able to optimize it in half a year, so it won’t come out in a short span of half a year. I would like to release it eventually, and I think I will, but I am not at the stage where I can say when.

First of all, I would be happy if you could play the PS5 version, which I made with the thought of being the best game in the world. If the PC version comes out in half a year, I can quit the company (laughs). Please don’t say, “I won’t buy the PS5 version because the PC version will be released in half a year.”

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