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Final Fantasy XVI is an epic adventure in its own right, but fans hungry for more Clive and company might be disappointed to learn the development team has already disbanded. Aside from a small team working on the upcoming DLC The Rising Tide, the evocatively named Square Enix Creative Business Unit III, helmed by Naoki Yoshida, has already moved on to whatever comes next.

This makes the prospect of direct sequels or spin-off titles, a practice the Final Fantasy series has increasingly dabbled with in recent years, highly unlikely. Fans have long endured this process, beginning with instigator Final Fantasy X-2, then Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, and then the entire XIII trilogy. Final Fantasy XV even launched alongside and accompanying 2D brawler, A Kings's Tale, so all bets are off now.

Speaking to Famitsu (via MP1st, thanks PSLS), producer Naoki Yoshida discussed the future of the Final Fantasy franchise: "The development team for FF16 has been disbanded, except for the main DLC team, but at least we don't envision us creating a sequel or spin-off to FF16. I have accumulated a lot of knowledge from FF16. Rather than continuing with one title forever, I would like to use that knowledge to consider new challenges, such as the next title."

Yoshida also let slip that The Rising Tide will be a meatier offering than Echoes of the Fallen, offering players around 10 hours of content. Are you excited that the team has moved on to what comes next, presumably Final Fantasy XVII, the first time in the series' long history that four Roman numerals are required in the title? Let us know in the comments section below.