A recent post online has revealed that Final Fantasy XVI has been officially banned in a certain country.
According to a post in the official Twitter account for its video game division, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has declared that Final Fantasy XVI has been banned in Saudi Arabia. According to the translation, the game is banned due to its “unacceptable” content. Square Enix refused when asked if they could change the content to make it more acceptable to the country.
“For fans of Final Fantasy 16, we would like to clarify that it has not been released in the Realm due to the publisher’s unwillingness to make the necessary modifications,” the post read.
The Board’s General Supervisor of Gaming Hattan Tawili recently posted on Twitter earlier this week about a certain game that they were trying to change its content. They didn’t specify the title, but now we know what it was.
“Unfortunately, after all our attempts over the last eight months without any success, one of the biggest and most important games of the year is on its way to being banned due to the company’s complete refusal to modify the content to suit the region”. he said.
“Of course the company is clear about what happened, but they pour it out for no reason and refuse to change it.”
The post did not say the specific content that needed changes. Back in February 2023, when the game’s preview embargo was finally lifted, a certain Saudi website revealed that an upcoming game had LGBTQ+ content. This could be Final Fantasy XVI depending on the timing, but we can’t be sure as there is no official statement confirming it.
Unfortunately, players in Saudi Arabia will have to miss the launch of the game.
Final Fantasy XVI launches on June 22, 2023 exclusively on PS5.