Forspoken Expected to Release Before Final Fantasy XVI

In addition to Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2, two of the most highly anticipated titles by Square Enix are Final Fantasy XVI and Forspoken.

Forspoken will use the same game engine as Final Fantasy XV.

The former is an entirely new game that's being worked on by the same people behind Final Fantasy XV. Because it's a new IP, most expected it to release much later. At the very least, not before Final Fantasy XVI. However, according to recent reports, it seems like Square Enix is prioritizing the release of Forspoken with Final Fantasy XVI expected to release only after.

When is Forspoken Expected to Release?

The worst-case scenario is that Final Fantasy XVI will release in 2023.

Square Enix just released its latest financial reports and in them, the gaming giant detailed that it is going to focus on the new IP until the current financial year ends.

So, what does this mean? The good news is that this means that Square Enix plans on focusing most of its efforts towards Outriders, which was released last April, as well as Project Triangle Strategy, and Forspoken.

Because the current financial year ends on March 2022, we shouldn't expect the likes of Final Fantasy XVI and Dragon Quest 12 to release until at least the second quarter of 2022 if not much later.

With that said, there is reason to believe that the report only pertains to full entries to the studio's mainstream franchises. After all, we know that Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier will release sometime in 2021. But, then again, FF7 Remake Part 2 and Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis are both expected to release in 2022, so they might not release before April 2022.

If it's any consolation though, Final Fantasy XVI wasn't ever really expected to release in 2021, so this isn't really that big of a surprise. What is surprising though is that Forspoken might release before Final Fantasy XVI.

Although we have no information as to when either title started development, most would have expected Square Enix to prioritize the latest installment to one of their best-selling franchises as opposed to an entirely new IP that might or might not end up being a success.

Hopefully, we'll get to hear more about when exactly Forspoken and Final Fantasy XVI will release soon.

Square Enix is expected to take part in E3 2021 on June 13-15.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
Sony launches new PS Plus in Asia The PlayStation Classics lineup for the PS Plus is good What is the Heardle answer for May 24, Tuesday? Wordle 339 for May 24: Hints and Answers Doctor Strange 2 is the biggest movie of 2022 Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the Black Adam reshoots Xbox declined to make Marvel games What is the Heardle answer for May 23, Monday? Wordle 338 for May 23: Hints and Answers Sony executive offers a promising Spider-Man update