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Final Fantasy XVI postponed six months due to coronavirus pandemic

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Final Fantasy XVI postponed six months due to coronavirus pandemic

As much as many people have normalized the coronavirus pandemic, the world situation is still unstable, with many places adopting new restriction measures to try to contain the virus’s spread, in addition to the appearance of new even more worrying variants, such as Ômicron.

Over the last year, we’ve seen several major games including Ghostwire Tokyo, God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West being pushed back by the pandemic and according to a news release by Square Enix, the highly anticipated Final Fantasy XIV has also had to be postponed.

Although some earlier rumours said the game had been in development for four years and could be released soon, producer Naoki Yoshida had to break the bad news through the game’s official Twitter account.

Greetings everyone.

The last time we spoke, I promised to bring news on Final Fantasy XVI by the end of 2021. Despite that, I am sorry to report that I will not be able to keep that promise as the complications of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the development of the game in almost six months.

With the newest title in the Final Fantasy franchise being developed for the PS5, the game has a huge team of talented creators around the world. However, as a way of trying to alleviate the effects of the pandemic, we had to decentralize this workforce, allowing employees to work remotely. This made it difficult to communicate with our Tokyo office, leading to delays or, in some cases, the cancellation of delivery of materials made by our external partners.

That said, we’ve spent much of 2021 addressing this issue and hopefully the effects will be minimal next year, allowing us to better focus on the task at hand: improving graphics quality, refining combat mechanics, breaking down individual battles, putting the finishing touches on the kinematics and drive general graphical improvements. Our main objective now is to test the game as much as possible to see how it looks.

This leaves us with the question, when will we have more information? Well, I’m happy to report that our plan is to make big reveals in the first quarter of 2022 as we build the excitement for the game’s release.

I sincerely apologize to all those waiting for news from Final Fantasy XVI and thank you for your patience as we combine our development efforts.

The apologies certainly sound sincere and after the Cyberpunk 2077 fiasco, many developers fear releasing a shoddy game in order to avoid headaches with consumers.

Are you looking forward to Final Fantasy XVI?

Final Fantasy XVI has been in development for 4 years and arrives earlier than expected, rumour says

During the PlayStation 5 Showcase, an event at which the price of the new console was finally revealed, Sony and Square Enix surprised fans around the world with the announcement of Final Fantasy XVI. Developed by the team responsible for Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward, the new title in the renowned franchise seems to follow the formula of the MMO and Final Fantasy VII Remake in a format closer to Western Action RPGs, with a strong focus on real-time combat.

Announced as a PlayStation 5 exclusive, although temporarily, the game may have been in development for no less than 4 years, as stated by journalist Jason Schreier, known for being in direct contact with the gaming industry. Schreier has a long history of hitting his leaks, with the existence of the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake being the most recent of them.

The journalist also claims that Final Fantasy XVI should reach players’ hands much sooner than most people think. “I’ve heard from people involved in the development of the game that it’s been in production for at least four years, so it should be out sooner than people expect,” Jason Schreier said in a conversation on the Triple Click podcast.

In a post on Square Enix’s official website, producer Naoki Yoshida and director Hiroshi Takai confirmed that the released trailer contains cutscenes and battles running in real-time, but that what was seen represents “a fraction of what the team has developed since the beginning of production”. The developers even cite the numerous challenges they have already faced, which reinforces the information released by Schreier and end by announcing that more Final Fantasy XVI information should be released in 2021.

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Fortnite back: Anyone can play it on iOS

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One of the most popular games for iOS is finally coming back. However, it will not be possible to download classically via the App Store, as we have been used to. After a few months, Nvidia revealed that Fortnite is officially available to all subscribers to its GeForce NOW gaming service. And the one on the iPhone works within Safari.

Of course, you don’t have to worry about having any problems using it. Thanks to skilled developers, Fortnite has fully optimized touch controls, and while playing, you won’t even know you don’t have it installed on your device. Everything takes place via stream, making it logical that the only condition for playing is fast and stable internet.

You haven’t been able to download Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad since Apple removed it from the App Store. This happened in 2020, and the reason was to add one’s payment method to the game. This step was in direct conflict with the App Store rules. So Apple had to act.

It is important to note that Fortnite is not only available on GeForce NOW from Nvidia, but you can also play it through Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service. It works basically on the same principle through a browser.

F you use the macOS operating system, you can download GeForce NOW here as a standalone application. It has only recently been updated to support the latest ARM Apple Silicon (M-Series) processors. There is also a basic but quite limited free membership.

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“Fortnite” Returns to iOS and Android via Xbox Cloud Gaming

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Xbox Cloud Gaming users can now play “Fortnite” for free via iOS and Android devices thanks to a collaboration between Microsoft Corp. MSFT.O and Epic Games, the company said, Thursday (5/5).

The game has been inaccessible to mobile users since Apple and Google removed it from the app store in 2020. Quoted from Reuters, this Microsoft collaboration allows users, including PC gamers, to stream “Fortnite” in internet browsers on their devices.

The move is likely to help Microsoft attract casual gamers at a time when the software giant is stepping up efforts to make a splash in the video game market and take on rival Sony.

“Fortnite” is the first free game to join the Xbox Cloud Gaming service.

“This is an important step towards adding Free-to-Play titles to the cloud gaming catalog as we continue our cloud journey,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

Since its release in 2020, more than 10 million people worldwide have streamed games via Xbox Cloud Gaming. This service is available in 26 markets, including the United States.

Microsoft, as well as Epic Games and other companies, have criticized Apple’s store practice of requiring developers to pay commissions of up to 30 percent for in-store purchases .

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Skate 4: A reputable insider assures that we will be able to test the game this week

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I have to confess that I have never been on a skateboard. However, one of the games I enjoyed the most as a child was the Tony Hawk saga on PlayStation 2, and I swear I felt like God doing tricks and linking combos.

Skate was an evolution towards a somewhat more “realistic” gameplay (very in quotes). Although it did not manage to hook me as much as the good old Antonio el Halcón, I also dedicated more hours to it than are healthy. The franchise is back with Skate 4, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Tom Henderson breaks the silence and drops that this week we can try Skate 4

  • Skate 4 was announced in June 2020, and the truth is that we have hardly received any updates on its development since then.
  • It could be expected that there have been problems, but the truth is that everything seems to point to the opposite.
  • In February, the CEO of EA said that Skate 4 would come out “much sooner than we expect”, and then one month later, it came to light that the game would be almost ready to be released.
  • Now Tom Henderson, one of the most respected insiders on the current scene, has added fuel to the fire of my hopes by dropping that we will finally be able to test the game this week.

Are you looking forward to the game, or do you think that the fashion of skateboarding games has already been left behind? I think it’s the perfect time to come back, although I don’t want to get my hopes up through the roof until I have it in my hands and finally see it in action.

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