Final Fantasy XVI can finally be officially announced at the upcoming PlayStation 5 showcase, according to a series of clues discovered by fans of the franchise.
Square Enix, which had success with the Final Fantasy VII Remake this year, has reportedly been working on the next entry in the long-running RPG series after Final Fantasy XV, which was released in 2016. Final Fantasy XVI was supposed to be revealed in Sony's The Future of Gaming event, but the announcement has been postponed, according to Twisted Voxel.
Sony has another PlayStation 5 storefront in the works slated for September 16. Square Enix producer and Final Fantasy brand manager Shinji Hashimoto retweeted the announcement for the storefront, but then abruptly deleted it. This adds to the speculation that Final Fantasy XVI will be revealed at the event, as it may be too early for Final Fantasy VII Remake 2.
An official Twitter account for Final Fantasy XVI was also recently discovered. The account is currently set to private, but the email recovery settings appear to confirm that it was created by Square Enix.
Meanwhile, a tweet from Kinda Funny co-host Imran Khan added more fuel to speculation about an upcoming Final Fantasy XVI reveal.
Seems like a good time for that, yeah
– Imran Khan (@imranzomg) September 12, 2020
It remains unclear whether Khan has inside knowledge that Final Fantasy XVI will be featured on the PlayStation 5 showcase, or if that's just a guess.
Square Enix introduced Project Athia for the PlayStation 5 in Sony's June event. However, it is expected to be either a new game or a spin-off from Final Fantasy XV. It remains to be seen whether the mysterious project will be featured on the upcoming PlayStation 5 showcase in addition to Final Fantasy XVI.