Final Fantasy XVI Producer Naoki Yoshida has now confirmed that the game will not be coming PC even after PS5 exclusivity period ends.
Yoshida did say that he would like to see a PC version of the game, eventually. Still, Final Fantasy XVI will stay exclusive on the PS5 for six months. After that, it will depend on the studio if it plans to release it on other platforms especially on PC.
Yoshi-P then explains the reason on the Japanese PlayStation Blog.
“First of all, it is true that Final Fantasy XVI is a six-month limited time exclusive on the PS5 platform,” he told the Japanese PlayStation Blog that got translated by Google. “However, it is a completely different story that the PC version will be released in half a year. I will make it clear, but the PC version will not come out in half a year.
“This is because we spent a lot of time and money optimizing the PS5 platform to deliver the best gaming experience. Of course, I would like to release a PC version at some point so that everyone can play as many games as possible.
“However, even if we start optimizing the PC version after the PS5 version comes out, we won’t be able to optimize it in half a year, so it won’t come out in a short span of half a year. I would like to release it eventually, and I think I will, but I am not at the stage where I can say when.”
Yoshi-P then made a joke about retiring if the game would be released on PC in half a year. Obviously, he is not taking this seriously and just joking around, but it does make sense since if a PC version gets released, there must be someone in the team more capable than him who could release the PC version faster.
Final Fantasy XVI launches on June 22, 2023 on PS5.