2021 will be the final Fantasy year, at least as revealed by Square Enix representatives to Famitsu’s microphones. Yoshinori Kitase, Naoki Yoshida, and many others have announced their plans for the new year, anticipating the arrival of lots of news on some of the most anticipated titles by fans of the genre. Among the many statements, Yoshida also stated that Final Fantasy XVI would undoubtedly be shown during 2021.
Speaking with Famitsu, Naoki Yoshida stated the following: “2021 will be the busiest year of my career. I want to turn it into a year of magnificent surprises for all gamers, but I must also remember to pay attention to my health. Among other things, I hope that Final Fantasy XIV can take it one step further, with new stories, areas to explore, and many other new features. We also plan to show Final Fantasy XVI and share further information about the title, so please continue to follow both projects! “.
Final Fantasy XVI will be directed by Hiroshi Takai, which increasingly appears to be the testing ground for one of the most promising Japanese developers ever. Takai previously worked as a supervisor and assistant director during Final Fantasy XIV (including expansions). Now the roles have reversed, with Yoshida working to bring his vision to life.
Yoshinori Kitase instead spoke of Final Fantasy VII Remake, stating that development is proceeding smoothly. The release in 2021 remains unlikely, but the actress who plays Aerith recently claimed to have started the mocap stages, so the title will undoubtedly be released by the end of 2022.