In a recent broadcast dedicated to the Japanese audience, Square Enix surprised fans by revealing that Final Fantasy XVI will indeed receive a pre-launch patch, despite previous statements suggesting otherwise.
Producer Naoki Yoshida addressed this change of plans and expressed his apologies for the inconvenience caused by the 300MB update. However, he assured players that the action-RPG can still be fully enjoyed on the PS5 without the patch.
The pre-launch patch for Final Fantasy XVI aims to optimize performance in various areas of the game. It also addresses issues related to progression, crashes, and minor text bugs, as shared by Twitter user @Dreamboum. Square Enix has made these adjustments to ensure that players have the best possible experience from the moment they embark on their Final Fantasy XVI journey.
Seamless Update Experience
Yoshida explained that the pre-launch patch will be available for download before the game’s official release. If players have already downloaded the digital version of the game and have their PS5 connected to the internet, the patch will automatically download and be ready to install on launch day.
However, Yoshida reassured players that the patch is not necessary to enjoy the base game fully. Even without the update, players can still dive into the captivating world of Final Fantasy XVI.
“If you don’t have an internet connection or are unable to download the patch in time, you’ll still be able to play the game,” Yoshida assured fans during the broadcast.
Development Insight: From Two Discs to One
In addition to the patch announcement, Yoshida also shared an interesting development detail. Initially, the development team had planned to release Final Fantasy XVI on two discs. However, six months prior to the launch, they were determined to consolidate the game onto a single disc.
Through hard work and effort, they succeeded in achieving this goal, as reported by Gematsu. This change showcases the team’s dedication to delivering the game in the most efficient and convenient manner possible.
A Warning Against Spoilers
As the release date for Final Fantasy XVI draws near, Square Enix has expressed concern over the circulation of physical copies and potential plot spoilers on social networks and forums.
The company is actively investigating the situation and taking measures to remove any unauthorized screenshots or videos that may have been shared online. To preserve the excitement and surprise of the game, players are encouraged to exercise caution and avoid spoilers as they eagerly await the launch.
Final Fantasy XVI is set to debut exclusively on the PS5 on Friday, June 22. With the pre-launch patch in place, Square Enix aims to deliver a polished and immersive gaming experience, inviting players to embark on a new and thrilling adventure in the fantastical world of Final Fantasy.