In an announcement posted on the official Final Fantasy XVI website, producer Naoki Yoshida has announced that the game will be delayed due to Covid-related difficulties and promised more information in the Spring of 2022.
Yoshida alludes to difficulties communicating with the Tokyo office as staff continue to work from home. This is along with delays and cancellations from their outsource partners contributing to the situation that has led them to delay the hotly anticipated title. In the announcement, Yoshida mentions that the team is focusing on improving the battle mechanics and overall graphical quality. He continues to apologize for the delay and wraps up by thanking fans for their patience.
These delays have become more and more common as the industry continues to adapt to the challenge presented by a large complement of the staff now working from home. Yoshida did not go into detail about the challenges they are facing in development and tried to reassure fans that development is otherwise on track.
Final Fantasy XVI was first revealed at the PlayStation 5 Showcase in September 2020. Many will remember that the trailer initially stated that the title was in development for PC, but this was quickly retracted after the event.