A tweet that has been sent and deleted by the Final Fantasy brand manager alludes to a major Final Fantasy announcement at the upcoming PS5 Showcase.
The announcement of a new Final fantasy that could happen next week, as a deleted tweet hints at a revelation of the file PS5 shop window. The most recent entry in the main series was Final Fantasy XV, which was released in 2016, as Square Enix has been busy with other projects related to the franchise. However, it was followed by this year’s big hit Final Fantasy VII Remake, whose cliffhanger ending left only JRPG players wanting more.
As for other time-consuming initiatives, Final Fantasy XIV is one of the most popular games in the series with both fans and critics alike. The fact that the game is an MMO means that it receives regular content updates and provides a steady stream of revenue for Square Enix, so it takes a lot of company attention. The other big project that is taking the time of Square Enix is the sequel to Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which had its development influenced by the pandemic. As such, it’s no surprise that players haven’t heard anything about the next major entry in the series yet.
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Sony has announced a PS5 Showcase to be held on September 16, which is expected to include a price, release date, and new system exclusives. It is also highly possible that Final Fantasy XVI or another title will be announced at this event; according to the Twitter fan page PS5 countdown, Final fantasy Brand manager Shinji Hashimoto posted a tweet showing his enthusiasm for the PS5 Showcase event, before quickly dismissing it. To say the least, that very curious move to distance yourself from an otherwise harmless tweet has turned fans’ heads with the possibilities.
Square Enix CEO and Final Fantasy Brand Manager Shinji Hashimoto reacted enthusiastically to the # PS5 Show the event, then quickly delete the tweet, sparking new rumors for which FF16 will be announced # PS5 Wednesday 👀 (Keep in mind A @ FF16_JP Active account) pic.twitter.com/tOmQZ3CQJe
– PS5COUNTDOWN (@ PS5Countdown) 13 September 2020
Sony needs to bring out the big boys next week, as Microsoft has diverted attention from the PS5 with announcements about the price and release date for the Xbox series. The PS5 had the best gaming announcements at the reveal event over the summer, especially now Halo Infinite has been delayed, so it can easily win the crowd back on the exclusives front. If Sony wants to bring attention back to the PS5, then a Final Fantasy 16 advertising during the showcase event is one way to do this, especially if it has a timed exclusivity agreement like Final Fantasy 7 Remake has. It’s also possible that Hashimoto’s tweet referred to a next-generation version of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which could be part of the one-year exclusive deal that Square Enix entered into with Sony.
Several years have passed since then Final Fantasy XV was released, and Square Enix stopped development of that title when its remaining DLC was canceled. As such, players feel late for a new one Final fantasy title, even if it’s just a teaser or a free release window for a PS5 version of Final Fantasy XV or VII Remake.
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The PS5 is expected to be released during the holiday season of 2020. The PS5 showcase will take place on September 16 at 1pm Pacific time.
Source: PS5 countdown
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