At least we know who ISN’T going to be directing Final Fantasy XVI
We've not had a mainline Final Fantasy release since Final Fantasy XV launched back in 2016.
Since then, developer Square Enix has been pretty much focused on this year's massively successful Final Fantasy VII Remake and – assumedly – the next numbered game in the series, too.
Though we've heard practically nothing about Final Fantasy XVI at this point, it stands to reason that Square Enix is working on the project, and we assume that whatever the next evolution in the series is, it'll be arriving on the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
It seems as though some Square Enix staff are finally starting to talk about the project, though: this week Final Fantasy XIV director, the highly respected Naoki Yoshida, responded to rumours that he's the director of Final Fantasy XVI.
In a stream that was largely related to Final Fantasy XIV and its ongoing content offerings, Yoshida noted that he is still in charge of the production of FFXIV, and will be for more than a couple years to come.
"I'm still going to continue being in charge of FF14 for more years to come (as long as I don't die from sickness or accident)," he wrote, as per RPGsite ), "So please ignore any non-official announcements. It's so bothersome."
This pours water on the suggestion that he'll be overseeing production of the next mainline FF game.
He does appear to be putting something else together, though. Yoshida runs a department within Square Enix called the Third Development Division, and that branch is actively looking for staff for something new.
"We have laucnhed a new core project following Final Fantasy XIV, and we have begun the challenge for the next generation," a job ad for the production arm stated last year.
"This project has already completed its initial development, has completed environment development and is now moving into a full-scale large-scale development phase."
Whatever this project is remains unannounced, but just because he's stated he won't be the director, that doesn't mean he may not be working on the game at all.
The Final Fantasy series has a rich history of moving around the people in production roles, so to see Yoshida take a place on the game as a producer wouldn't be out of the question.
We'll update you with more as we have it.
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