Industry Analyst Clarifies Confusion around Final Fantasy 16’s PS5 Exclusivity

Published 09/17/2020, 9:28 AM EDT


The PlayStation 5 Showcase announced updates on multiple titles coming to the console. In addition to this, it also revealed the price and launch date for the PS5. But, the Final Fantasy 16 announcement left everyone baffled.

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The showcase revealed the trailer for Final Fantasy 16 that showcased the game’s storyline and gameplay, too. It was a decent reveal where everything was going smoothly until fans noticed something. The end slate mentioned that it was a PS5 exclusive. At the bottom, it read that it will be available for PC.

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This created a lot of confusion as the same slide said that it was a PlayStation exclusive. Additionally, the trailer uploaded after the event said “*Not available on other platforms for a limited time after release on PS5.”

Read: Xbox Takes a Sly Dig at PlayStation Following PS5 Showcase Announcements

Confusion around Final Fantasy’s exclusivity for PS5

So what exactly was the real story behind it? Thankfully, industry analyst Piers Harding-Rolls provided the answers. He took to Twitter to make things clearer, where he said, “To clarify: #FinalFantasyXVI is a full exclusive for 6 months (after which it can come to non-console platforms) & a console exclusive for 12 months (after which it can also come to other consoles) Timing and platform support is totally down to SE’s dev efforts…”

He further explained, “There is no official confirmation of FF XVI coming to PC, however the structure of the deal and the mention in the Sony PS5 showcase does suggest this is the case. When this arrives after the 6 months contractual period is up is obviously down to SE.”

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Though the news finally cleared things up, it still was a major miscommunication by Sony. They should’ve clearly communicated that it was to be a timed exclusive. Nevertheless, this is great news for PlayStation fans .

Sony’s event was largely successful, but what followed was utterly chaotic. The miscommunication regarding the pre-orders created a huge ruckus on social media. Customers had absolutely no idea where they could pre-order the console from, and it was another miss on Sony’s part. They need to rectify this and hopefully, another pre-order date will be announced soon.

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More information regarding Final Fantasy 16 will come in 2021, along with a possible launch announcement.

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Akshay Patel

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Akshay Patel is the Group Head of the eSports division at EssentiallySports. After having obtained his BBA degree, Akshay has been in the field of social media and content creation since 2018. He grew up playing Counter-Strike and has been hooked on gaming ever since.

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