Final Fantasy 16 is one of this year’s most anticipated video game releases. Slated for a June window, it’ll release close to other major games such as Street Fighter 6, Diablo 4, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. As that launch gets closer, developer Square Enix has shared an important development update. Final Fantasy 16 has gone gold, and is on track to make its June release date in just a couple of months.
Square Enix announced Final Fantasy 16’s development status in a tweet earlier today. “From the entire team, including Torgal, we hope you're looking forward to #FF16's launch on June 22nd,” the tweet reads. “Going gold” is a term used to describe the phase in game development when a game is ready to be printed on discs and shipped to retailers. It doesn’t mean that all development is done, as Square Enix will surely supply FF16 with updates to address potential bugs and issues.
Although the definition of going gold has evolved in the digital age, it’s still an important milestone for a video game, especially a large-scale AAA project like Final Fantasy 16. It means that the game is essentially assured to hit its June release date.
Final Fantasy 16 was first revealed back in 2020 at the PS5 showcase. Since then, we’ve learned about the game’s story, characters, and gameplay through trailers released by Square Enix. It won’t be long until fans can dive in and enjoy all that FF16 has to offer.
Final Fantasy 16 will be released on June 22, 2023, for PS5. The game will also come to PC, but that version won’t be ready on day one. Earlier this week, another major upcoming video game went gold as Nintendo announced that development had finished on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.