Another rumour is currently doing the rounds that suggests Final Fantasy 16 could be announced during Sony’s upcoming PS5 (opens in new tab) showcase later this week.
The latest rumour surfaced on Reddit (opens in new tab) (via PushSquare (opens in new tab)) after Square Enix game producer Shinji Hashimoto posted a tweet reacting to the news of the PS5 showcase. The tweet was swiftly deleted, but a screengrab of the original tweet can still be seen on Imgur (opens in new tab).
Of course, this might not have any bearing at all, and could simply just be Hashimoto expressing excitement over the showcase, but fans are speculating over whether this hints at Square Enix's involvement in the upcoming event. This latest tweet follows the recent discovery of a Final Fantasy 16 Twitter account (opens in new tab), which is adding more fuel to the rumour fire. It’s still not clear if this account is legitimately official, but it does appear to go in line with other official accounts for Final Fantasy titles.
Sony announced the PS5 event (opens in new tab) that's set to take place on September 16 just a few days ago, revealing in an official blogpost that the showcase is expected to run for around 40 minutes with updates on upcoming PS5 games (opens in new tab). The games set to be shown will come from its Worldwide studios as well as its development partners, which could include the likes of Spider-Man: Miles Morales (opens in new tab) and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (opens in new tab).
There are also other already announced games that could make an appearance, and of course, Sony could finally reveal the PS5 price (opens in new tab) and release date, but there’s bound to also be some surprises in store. Interestingly, we know Square Enix is currently working on a new next-gen action game with the working title Project Athia (opens in new tab) - could this actually be Final Fantasy 16?
Whether we see any kind of Final Fantasy 16 (opens in new tab) official reveal or teaser remains to be seen, but it doesn't seem to be entirely outside of the realms of possibility. The next installment in the Final Fantasy franchise is thought to have been in the works for quite some time now, and it would make sense to see it land on the next-gen console. While none of these rumours are exactly concrete - and it's best to take everything with a pinch of salt - it'll be interesting to see if we finally get some news about the next adventure.
In other PS5 news, a new Godfall combat trailer shows off more 4K gameplay on PS5 (opens in new tab).