‘Final Fantasy 15’ director unveils new JRPG in 2022

Final Fantasy 15 Director Hajime Tabata has said that his new JRPG will be unveiled at some point next year.

Tabata instructed Final Fantasy 15 at Square Enix, which was launched in 2016. He also served as a producer on some of the game’s spin-offs. In November 2018, Tabata Square left Enix after founding a new studio for the company. He announced and then formed JP Games, which will make his next title.

In an interview with Japanese side 4Gamer, Tabata said in response to expectations for next year, that “It looks like we will be able to unveil the RPG under development later this year.

“The goal for 2022 is to expand the gaming business and the metaverse business to strengthen the business,” he added.

Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15. Credit: Square Enix

Tabata also said that The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience was the most impressive game he had seen this past year.

Elsewhere within Final Fantasy franchise, producer Naoki Yoshida has said the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the development of Final Fantasy 16 with almost half a year.

“In an effort to offset the effects of COVID-19, we have had to decentralize this workforce by allowing staff to perform their tasks from home,” Yoshida wrote. “Unfortunately, this has hampered communication from the Tokyo office, which in turn has led to delays in – or in extreme cases, cancellations of – asset deliveries from our outsourcing partners.”

Right now, the game still has no release date, but this statement from Yoshida indicates that we are unlikely to see a release before the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023, with the next “big revelation” for the title taking place in spring 2022 according to Yoshida too.

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