FF16 to Have 300mb Day One Patch Targeting Performance Issues

The upcoming action role-playing game Final Fantasy XVI will receive a pre-release patch addressing various performance and gameplay issues, according to the developers.
Final Fantasy 16 Key Art
Image: Square Enix

Scheduled for release on June 22, 2023, Final Fantasy XVI, the next installment in the globally recognized Final Fantasy series, will undergo a day-one patch to tackle several issues identified by the development team. The 300MB update aims to optimize game performance, and it will be available prior to the game’s official launch, thus eliminating the need for players to download it on the actual release day.

The development team at Square Enix plans to address a variety of issues with this pre-release patch. This includes progression and crash issues, performance optimization in multiple locations, and minor text corrections. They have noted that the crash issue, in particular, is an exceptionally rare occurrence, but they believe it necessary to rectify this ahead of the game’s release.

The developers have emphasized that these issues are minor and not critical to the overall gaming experience. Therefore, even players without an internet connection will still be able to enjoy the game without these updates.

Related: Final Fantasy XVI Devs Ask Players Who Received Copies Early Not to Spoil the Game

More information was disclosed during a recent livestream (credit for the summary to Surca_Crvive on Reddit), including the developers’ preference for English voice acting, with recommendations for non-English speakers to use English audio with subtitles in their native language. They also reassured fans that the demo’s story wasn’t all-encompassing and that the full game would contain more gameplay.

Furthermore, they plan to address feedback concerning motion blur, potentially incorporating a toggle to manage this feature. Additional updates may include the provision of more button layouts and the ability to remap these according to player preference. Developers also shared that the game has been optimized for HDR displays and suggested players use such equipment if available.

Additional gameplay features were also revealed during the livestream, such as a wave-based gauntlet mode akin to the Bloody Palace, a New Game Plus mode with added challenges, and an optional accessory that enhances character dodging.

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage is the founder and editor-in-chief of Try Hard Guides. He has been covering and writing about video games for over 9 years. He is a 2013 graduate of the Academy of Art University with an A.A. in Web Design and New Media. In his off-time, he enjoys playing video games, watching bad movies, and spending time with his family.


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