Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida has denied that the upcoming Square Enix game will appear on PC, telling interested fans to buy a PlayStation 5.
A video clip published to Japanese website Nico Video was shared on Twitter by industry insider Genki (below), who translated Yoshida’s comments (which have been verified by IGN) regarding a PC version of Final Fantasy 16.
“Nobody said a word about a PC version releasing,” said Yoshida. “Why is it like a PC version is releasing six months later? Don’t worry about that, buy a PS5. Sorry, I went overboard. We did our best, so please look forward to it.”
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“Nobody said a word about a PC version releasing. Why is it like a PC version is releasing 6 months later? Don’t worry about that, buy a PS5! (laughs) Sorry, I went overboard. We did our best so please look forward to it” lol pic.twitter.com/o5i1JsNnbc
— Genki✨ (@Genki_JPN) January 9, 2023
The claim that “nobody said a word about a PC version” is untrue, however, as Square Enix itself did. The original reveal trailer for the game claimed blatantly that it is “also available on PC”, and while Square Enix mysteriously scrapped this claim soon after, the PS5 exclusivity was brought into question again in November 2022.
An advertisement for the PS5’s DualSense controller said Final Fantasy 16 would only be a “PS5 exclusive for six months”, implying that it would arrive on another platform (whether it be Xbox, Nintendo Switch, or PC) in December 2023 – six months after its June 22 launch.
The exact nature of its exclusivity is still unclear though, and based on Yoshida’s comment, this is even the case at its developer. IGN has reached out to Square Enix for comment.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and acting UK news editor. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.