Final Fantasy 16 has supposedly delayed the announcement of another PlayStation exclusive title from Square Enix. That’s according to Jordan Middler, a games journalist over at VGC. Writing on ResetEra, Middler claimed that Square Enix had intended to reveal its next PS5 exclusive title already. However, the company delayed the reveal to not take the spotlight away from Final Fantasy 16.
As reported back in December, more info on Final Fantasy 16 was supposed to be revealed in 2021. At the end of the year, Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida announced that the team would not meet its deadline of revealing more info about the game in 2021. He cited development delays due to COVID-19 and working from home. In his message to fans, Yoshida said that the game’s development had been delayed “by almost a half year.”
Although Middler has not revealed what title could take the spotlight away from Final Fantasy 16, he did confirm some franchises that aren’t the mystery game in question. Middler confirmed that the title awaiting a reveal is not another Final Fantasy game, not a Kingdom Hearts game, and not a Dragon Quest game. As those are Square Enix’s biggest franchises, that doesn’t leave many established titles that it could be. Judging from the last few years of Square Enix releases, one of the main contenders could be a sequel to Nier: Automata that came out in 2017 and has sold over 6 million copies. Another franchise that hasn’t received a recent release, although less likely, is Octopath Traveler. There’s always the chance that it could be a new IP too.
Whatever it is that Square Enix is working on, if it’s big enough to take attention away from Final Fantasy 16, it’s undoubtedly going to be an exciting announcement. More information about Final Fantasy 16 is due to be revealed in the spring of this year; perhaps the mystery game’s announcement will come shortly after that.