Legendary Final Fantasy producer Naoki Yoshida reassures fans that while he may be hard at work with the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI, his focus on updates for MMO Final Fantasy XIV hasn’t fallen by the wayside. Square Enix officially announced Final Fantasy 16 as a PlayStation exclusive in 2020, but information regarding the next installment of the iconic JRPG series has been scarce since.
In fact, Naoki Yoshida recently confirmed that Final Fantasy 16 won’t be shown at Tokyo Game Show later this month, and he’s previously gone on the record stating that he doesn’t want to show too much of Final Fantasy 16 until it is closer to its planned 2022 release. Despite this relative silence, Yoshida has noted that the production of the new mainline game is going along smoothly, and FF16‘s story scenarios and English voice work are nearly completed. Some have begun to fear that Yoshida’s work on Final Fantasy 16 might distract him from providing new updates for Final Fantasy 14, but he’s making it clear that isn’t the case.
In a recent Famitsu interview, Naoki Yoshida addressed concerns that working on Final Fantasy 16 might put future updates for FFXIV on hold. “FF14 and FF16 will both be completed with the utmost care, so we hope for your support from here on out,” he said at the end of the interview, as translated by Twitter user aitaikimochi. Yoshida also revealed that Final Fantasy 16 and November’s FFXIV: Endwalker expansion are nearing completion and that players can look forward to exciting developments for both in the future.
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker will be no small expansion, as Yoshida has promised that the upcoming DLC will add even more story and cutscenes to FFXIV than even 2019’s Shadowbringers, as well as a brand-new Reaper class. Square Enix’s massively multiplayer JRPG universe has come a long way since its troubled initial launch way back in 2010, even setting a new concurrent player record on Steam earlier this year. Despite this surge in new users, Yoshida has stated that he doesn’t expect Square Enix to boost its server capacity for Final Fantasy XIV for at least a few more years, even though it already has a plan in place to do so.
Given the large FFXIV userbase and the high level of anticipation for Final Fantasy 16, hearing that Naoki Yoshida has been able to juggle both projects is an impressive and reassuring sign for fans of both ongoing Final Fantasy projects. While players wait for the next big reveal involving Final Fantasy 16, they could pass the time in the multiplayer servers of FFXIV, as the new Endwalker expansion nears its launch on November 19.