Final Fantasy 16 has been hotly anticipated for quite some time, so understandably, fans are likely clamoring to see its review embargo lift.

Fortunately, your glimpse into the quality of the latest Final Fantasy title is just around the corner. But when exactly can you expect reviews to drop, and what score is FF16 predicted to get?

When Does the FF16 Review Embargo End?

The Final Fantasy 16 review embargo will likely be lifted on Wednesday, June 21, at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM BST.

UPDATE: FF16 reviews are live right now – check them out here!

This is based on the fact that Square Enix typically lifts the review embargo on Final Fantasy games the day before release.

For example, Final Fantasy 15’s review embargo was lifted on November 28, 2016, just one day before its launch on November 29.

Titan and Shiva fighting in FF16

As a result, if true, it would make sense for FF16’s review embargo to drop the day before its launch on Thursday, June 22. However, fans who have pre-ordered the game can pre-load long before that.

Reviewers got to go hands-on with Final Fantasy 16 back in May and published their impressions back then. You can check out those hands-on previews before the full review embargo lifts later this month.

Additionally, the Japanese magazine Famitsu has already published its review of FF16. Its collective score is 39/40, which comes from four reviews, three of which were 10/10s and one 9/10.

You will be able to find reviews of FF16 when the embargo lifts on June 21 on the following sites:

FF16 Metacritic / Opencritic Score Predictions

We predict that Final Fantasy 16 will have a Metascore and Top Critic Average of between 85 and 90.

This is based on the extremely positive hands-on impressions, as well as the Metascore and Top Critic Average for the last mainline Final Fantasy Game, FF7 Remake.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake received a Metascore of 87 and a Top Critic Average of 88. The next-gen rerelease, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, received a Metascore of 89 and a Top Critic Average of 86.

Similarly, Final Fantasy 15 got a Metascore of 81 and a Top Critic Average of 81. The upgraded Royal Edition surprisingly got a lower Metascore of 77 and a Top Critic Average of 79.

Shiva from FF16
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