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The first ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ gameplay trailer reveals a summer 2023 release window

Final Fantasy XVI is due to hit PlayStation 5 in the summer of 2023 — and Square Enix has a hot new trailer to prove it. The title’s first gameplay trailer showcases the massive monsters called Eikons and the Dominant humans that inhabit them, and presents chaotic, cinematic battle scenes in a medieval-inspired world.

FFXVI was officially revealed in September 2020 and developers promised to drop more information about it by the end of the following year. But in December 2021, the development team announced the game was nearly six months behind schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that we’ve waited an extra half a year, the gameplay trailer is finally here.

“In our latest trailer, we’ve introduced several new Eikons, as well as provided a more detailed peek at our action-packed battle system and the freedom it gives players,” FFXVI director Hiroshi Takai said on the PlayStation blog. “As for development progress, I’m happy to announce that the game is fully playable from start to finish; though, from optimization to brush-up, there is still a mountain of challenges to tackle as we head into our final push.”

It seems like Square Enix is back on track with its FFXVI development timeline, aiming to release the game on PS5 next summer. It’s set to be exclusive to PS5 for a limited time.

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Activision confirms Call of Duty 2021 release window, studio

Activision Blizzard has delivered its financial results for the first quarter of calendar 2021, and in those results, it has given us the first official details about this year’s Call of Duty game. Activision, obviously, kept details rather sparse, but it did confirm the launch window for the game and did let us know which of its studios will be taking the lead on development this time around.

In a call with investors following the release of the company’s financial results, Activision Blizzard confirmed that 2021’s Call of Duty will be launching in fall, which is its normal release window. The company also revealed that development will be led by Sledgehammer Games, which led Call of Duty: WWII in 2017 and assisted with the development of both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2019 and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in 2020.

“We are very excited for this year’s premium Call of Duty release,” Activation Blizzard COO Daniel Alegre said during the call. “Development is being led by Sledgehammer Games and the game is looking great and on track for its fall release. This is a built-for-next-generation experience with stunning visuals across campaign, multiplayer, and cooperative modes of play designed to both integrate with and enhance the existing CoD ecosystem. We look forward to sharing more details with the community soon.”

So, as you can see, there wasn’t a whole lot that was revealed about this year’s Call of Duty, but aside from those bits about Sledgehammer acting as lead developer and the game launching in fall, we also learned that it will have a campaign and will integrate with Call of Duty: Warzone, as we’d expect.

It is worth noting that leaks from Modern Warzone and Eurogamer back in March claimed that Sledgehammer would be the lead developer on this year’s game, so it look like those reports were accurate on that front. Those leaks also told us that the Call of Duty series would be returning to World War II for 2021’s installment, but Activision Blizzard hasn’t commented on the setting yet. We’ll let you know when the company reveals more, so stay tuned.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update 3 release window has us scratching our heads

Microsoft Flight Simulator was supposed to get its third World Update earlier this week, but Asobo Studio wound up delaying the update beyond its originally slated January 26th date to allow some more time for additional polish. At the time of the delay, Asobo Studio simply said that release would be pushed back by a few days without getting anymore specific. We still don’t have that specific release date we’re looking for, but we do have a release window for the new update.

In a new development update, Asobo Studio says that it expects World Update 3, which fleshes out the flying experience over the UK, to be ready to go sometime between February 9th and February 11th – a very specific release window that we don’t often see. That, unfortunately, means that Microsoft Flight Simulator players will be waiting a couple more weeks for the update to land, but it sounds like when it does arrive, the wait will have been worth it.

Asobo Studio describes the update in that blog post, saying that it “contains five brand-new photogrammetry cities – Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham and Bristol – nearly 80 POIs, five new meticulously hand-crafted airports (Barra, Liverpool, Land’s End, Manchester-Barton and Out Skerries), as well as visual and logical improvements to 85 more area airports, improved digital elevation data across the U.K. and a trio of new activities.”

In addition to those cities listed above, players will also be able to fly over London, which Asobo Studio describes as “massive,” while saying that it will “be incredible to fly around that environment.” The first two world updates centered on Japan and the US, so now that the UK is getting its own update in World Update 3, there’s no telling where we might go next.

Hopefully we’ll get more information about World Update 3 as we close in on that release window, but for now, be sure to hit the development update linked above for more information on third-party content and to see a bunch of awesome screenshots snapped by the community.

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