Update: Games industry analyst Piers Harding-Rolls claims that Sony has confirmed to him that Final Fantasy XVI is a full PS5 exclusive for 6 months and a console exclusive for a full year.
This essentially means that we could see a PC version as early as 6 months after launch, although the decision lies with publisher Square Enix.
To clarify:#FinalFantasyXVI is a full exclusive for 6 months (after which it can come to non-console platforms) & a console exclusive for 12 months (after which it can also come to other consoles)— Piers Harding-Rolls (@PiersHR) September 17, 2020
Timing and platform support is totally down to SE’s dev efforts /1 https://t.co/VGiYLFXzdN
Original: Final Fantasy XVI was announced during yesterday's PlayStation 5 showcase as the next entry in the acclaimed series and it could be coming to PC at some point after launching on Sony's upcoming console.
The Final Fantasy 16 announcement trailer features gameplay captured on PC meant to emulate the PS5 experience. On top of that, the stream version of the trailer expressly revealed its availability on PC.
That, however, is not the case with the trailer uploaded to the official PlayStation YouTube channel, which removed the line regarding a potential PC launch. It now only mentions that FF16 won't be "available on other platforms for a limited time after release on PS5".
Final Fantasy XVI PC Release Date
Furthermore, when Gematsu reached out to publisher Square Enix to clarify the situation surrounding Final Fantasy XVI's PC version, it responded with the following: "We have no further information on if FF16 will be released on platforms other than the PS5."
We could be looking at a situation similar to Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is also expected to arrive on PC at some point after its one-year exclusivity period on PlayStation ends.
Given how the FFXVI trailer featured gameplay captured on PC it would be surprising to not see the game ported over eventually.
However, as its release date is slated for some point in 2021, it's unlikely that we'll get a port next year.
As far as the game itself goes, Final Fantasy XVI's setting is darker and considerably more medieval than its predecessor's, while its combat looks more action-oriented.
Square Enix will reveal more about the game in 2021.
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