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Update from Alice0: Gematsu claim Square Enix PR have told them no, they haven’t confirmed a PC release, despite what the trailer on Sony’s stream said. One analyst claims it is coming to PC, but Sony told him it’s a ‘full exclusive’ on PS5 for six months and ‘console exclusive’ for a year. I’ve reached out to Squeenix PR myself for answers. Between this and Sony walking back the Demon’s Souls PC announcement, some big disappointments going round.

Sony kicked off their latest games showcase stream with the announcement of the next Final Fantasy game and boy oh boy does Final Fantasy XVI look grim. It’s been announced as a PlayStation 5 console exclusive “not available on other platforms for a limited time after release on PS5” though they have confirmed it will also be available on PC. Fingers crossed that perhaps us PC folks will get a simultaneous launch with the PS5 edition, eh?

The setting for Final Fantasy XVI looks pretty dang dark. I swear I only knew it was FF by the hairstyles and chocobos. It’s all medieval knights in shiny armor but with less glam and more ugly warfare, it looks.

A young kid named Joshua appears to be the centerpiece, protected by his bodyguard. Apparently little Josh is a phoenix. Does that mean he’s a healer? Har har. There are plenty of big baddies shown in some combat gameplay. Looks like XVI is sticking to action combat.

Square Enix’s Naoki Yoshida says “the exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game.”

According to Yoshida, the next time we’ll hear about Final Fantasy XVI will be in 2021 so we’ll be sitting with all our speculation ’till then.

Update addendum from Alice0: Even if they do deconfirm a PC release at this point, I’d be astonished if they don’t bring it to PC eventually. It’s not 1997 anymore. I wish we didn’t have these daft dances around exclusivity deals.

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