Final Fantasy XVI's development cycle has entered its final stages, Square Enix has confirmed. In a couple of newly released statements from producer Naoki Yoshida and director Hiroshi Takai, it's revealed that the team is now fully focused on final optimisations; polishing things up, debugging, and all that kind of stuff.
It's great news as far as the game's summer 2023 release window is concerned, as it suggests that everything is going well behind the scenes — and the studio's still got loads of time to make sure the game's running as best it can.
"With regards to development, the team has turned the corner and entered the home stretch," writes Yoshida. Takai echoes this in his own statement: "As the game edges closer to completion, the team has turned its full attention to debugging and final adjustments."
"Now that things are starting to come together, the game is sizing up to be something truly special," Takai continues.
And to be fair, the action RPG does look damn good in its new trailer, which features a more in-depth look at its fantastical setting.
Takai also says another "big reveal" is on the cards, although that's to be expected, given that the game is still potentially more than half a year away from its release. It'll be very interesting to see just how broad the marketing campaign for Final Fantasy XVI ends up being, because Square Enix still has a lot of time to kill.