Jordan Middler of VGC reveals a preview of an alleged agreement between Sony and Square Enix for the exclusive console publication of a new Triple-A video game, the announcement of which would have been recently postponed so as not to divert attention from Final Fantasy XVI. Probably the new project should have been presented after the launch of Forspoken. Still, it seems that Square Enix wants to keep the public focused on the new main chapter of Final Fantasy and reveal the new Triple-A in question only later.
According to the journalist, the new game in production is not a new Final Fantasy, nor will it be part of the Kingdom Hearts and Dragon Quest franchises. Still, Square Enix fears it may divert attention from Final Fantasy XVI. Middler’s words narrow the field a lot, given that among the series remaining, the only one able to divert attention from a Final Fantasy should be Nier, or maybe Chrono Cross if the rumors about the remake prove to be well-founded. Alternatively, a new game from the Mana or Verum Rex series remains quite a credible option. The much-talked-about project by Tetsuya Nomura is already shown in Kingdom Hearts 3, of which, however, the existence has never been confirmed.
In all cases, whatever it is, certainly, we will not hear about it before this spring, when Forspoken will be released, and the release date of Final Fantasy XVI will finally be revealed. Naoki Yoshida has already confirmed that the game will be shown between March and June, and according to his latest statements, “when FF XVI is shown again, the release date will also be revealed.”