The producer of Final Fantasy 16 says that he wanted to make an in-engine trailer to assuage fears around the game's release date. Speaking at a panel during Tokyo Games Show (via Impress (opens in new tab)), Naoki Yoshida said that he didn't want to follow the precedent set by the series' previous games by releasing a pre-rendered trailer.
Yoshida said that releasing a pre-rendered 'movie' "was something we didn't want to do this time around," and that the team wanted to focus on having as many in-game clips as possible. In part, that's because he'd seen comments online suggesting that a pre-rendered trailer would mean that the game was still a long way from completion, joking that "people would say something like 'well, guess I'll see you in 2035'."
Final Fantasy 16 Producer Yoshi-P mentions they were pressed for time to make the FF16 trailer since they wanted to only show in-game scenes, so they couldn't fine-tune the graphics. However, they'll reveal a more polished trailer in the future! Here's my subs for his comment! pic.twitter.com/VMqy9D2jYlSeptember 27, 2020
Yoshida's approach to the game's first trailer, however, took a lot of time, and as such, the team "barely did any perfecting or tuning" for the scenes included in it to make them look better. As a result, the acclaimed producer seems to suggest that FF16 might look quite as good as other next-gen titles right now, but he says that "we'll reveal more again when it's done properly."
Later on in the panel, Yoshida said that he hoped to concentrate on development until 2021, but that he was hoping to launch a teaser site next month to offer a little more information about the world and the characters of the new game.
Despite players' apparent concerns that FF16 is still a long way away, we might be getting our hands on it sooner than many think. Last week, Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier stated that the game had been in development "for at least four years in some capacity," and was coming "sooner than people think." Despite the game's reveal at the PS5 showcase earlier this month, however, Square Enix hasn't revealed a release date.
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