In a recent interview with Game Informer, the producer of Final Fantasy 16, Naoki Yoshida, revealed that the team considered multiple platforms before deciding to make the game a timed exclusive on PlayStation 5.
Yoshida explained that when Square Enix begins development on a game like Final Fantasy, an important franchise that ranks alongside Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts, it approaches multiple platforms and companies about releasing the game. These companies then come back with offers for the release, which Square Enix considers before making a decision.
While PlayStation eventually emerged as the top choice for Final Fantasy 16, Xbox was also a considered option, as Yoshida stated that “we looked at all options” and approached “multiple companies” for discussions. Despite this, whatever Xbox offered, it was not compelling enough for Square Enix to choose the platform.
This news may come as a disappointment to Xbox fans who were hoping for Final Fantasy 16 to be released on the platform, but it’s important to remember that the exclusivity deal is only for six months. After that time, it is likely that the game will be released on PC, and there’s always a chance that it could eventually make its way to Xbox as well.
It should also be noted that Square Enix has a long history of working with PlayStation, so it’s not a huge surprise that PlayStation was ultimately chosen as the timed exclusive platform. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that PlayStation will be the only platform to ever receive the game – as we’ve seen with Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which remains a PlayStation exclusive nearly two years after its initial release.
Overall, it appears that Square Enix was thorough in considering its options for Final Fantasy 16’s release, and ultimately chose the platform that it felt was the best fit for the game. It’ll be interesting to see how the game performs on PlayStation 5 and whether it eventually makes its way to other platforms.
According to https://www.purexbox.com/news/2023/05/final-fantasy-16-team-looked-at-all-options-before-deciding-on-timed-ps5-exclusivity
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