After a controversial 15th episode, Square Enix put drool on fans’ lips with the announcement of Final Fantasy XVI. Here’s everything you need to know about the next flagship in the cult JRPG franchise.
We never discount Final Fantasy, even if the license isn’t necessarily at its best. In recent years, Square Enix’s cult JRPG has found itself in a very strange situation. On the one hand, the latest official canon episode failed to impress gamers. Final Fantasy XV, which was intended to be a spin-off of the already controversial Final Fantasy XIII universe, disappointed. On the other hand, the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV has just stopped exploding in popularity. Whereas Final Fantasy XVI is approachingthe developer has learned the lesson.
When is the Final Fantasy 16 release date?
The next big episode of the Final Fantasy series is released in the summer of 2023. The game’s release date was recently pushed back slightly. Final Fantasy XVI is currently exclusive to PlayStation will appear on PS5 Until that date. However, this exclusivity may be temporary.
The game was first announced during the PlayStation Showcase on September 16th, 2020 thanks to this trailer called “Awakening”.
Where is Final Fantasy XVI set?
Like all great games of the Final Fantasy license, we are presented with a new world and brand new characters for this new episode. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, rest assured: you don’t need to watch the previous 15 episodes to follow the story, which is entirely new.
Final Fantasy XVI is playing the new world of Valisthea. Consisting of crystalline mountains and plains, this territory is divided into 6 nations, each with a different Mother Crystal: the Archduchy of Rosalia, the Holy Empire of Bloodbrec, the Kingdom of Valoed, the Republic of Dalmequia, the Kingdom of Iron and the Kingdom of Crystal. These 6 nations live in peace, but the balance of power is threatened by the arrival of the Black Scourge.
Every country has its emissary, the name given to people who seek refuge the primitive people. You probably already know these as a summon, since they are obviously the big cult monsters of the series like Ifrit or Titan. It is this great conflict that will form the basis of Final Fantasy XVI’s scenario, where it seems that the Primordials, representing the same element (fire, water, wind, etc.), will wage war.
The universe of Final Fantasy XVI shines for once heavily influenced by western history, rather than the Japanese. A characteristic that we have already found in FFXIV and that is increasingly being confirmed by this development team. That doesn’t mean that the Japanese influences and traditions of the series (like the presence of the chocobos or the moogles) are completely forgotten; Truth be told, the team is known for mixing everything to create ultra-coherent universes that appeal to a maximum of players.
Who is the main character of Final Fantasy XVI?
The main hero of Final Fantasy XVI is Clive Rosfield. This is the eldest son of the Archduke of Rosalia. As the game’s official website explains:
“Everyone expected that he would turn out to be the emissary of the phoenix, but fate would have it that his younger brother Joshua would be in charge. Clive then decided to devote himself to sword handling. Barely fifteen, he won the court fencing tournament that earned him the title of Rosalia’s Guardian, in charge of protecting Joshua. On the other hand, he received the blessing of Phoenix, which allows him to harness some of the fire powers of this primal being. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes Clive that makes him swear to get revenge on Ifrit, a dark primitive who seems to be the source of all his misfortunes.”
However, the game’s plot will introduce us to many different faces from each of the major regions of the world of Valisthea. We already know two of them: Hugo Kupka, emissary of the Titans for the Republic of Dalmequia, and Benedikta Harman, emissary of Garuda.
What gameplay for Final Fantasy XVI?
FFXVI gameplay keeps getting closer to the action in this new episode. It should be his combat system an evolution of Final Fantasy XVI, and not a mix of nostalgia and novelty like FF7 Remake. The main character will have the ability to use his sword and shield, but also equip himself with various Primordial powers to launch magical attacks.
In addition to these classic stages, Final Fantasy XVI will also feature fights Primordials against Primordials aiming to be as epic as possible. From what we see in the game’s second trailer, they seem to mix several different game phases, reminiscent of games like Naruto Ninja Storm.
on exploration, Final Fantasy XVI will not feature an open world. However, it will be broken down into several very large areas that aim to provide plenty of content for those who are curious and want to get lost in their world and seek their smallest treasures.
Who is developing Final Fantasy XVI?
Final Fantasy XVI is being developed by thea Creative Business Unit III within Square Enix. If that name doesn’t mean anything to you, you don’t have to be a huge MMORPG fan. This team is actually the one behind Final Fantasy XIV, the most popular video game the publisher has come out with in a long time. Its director, nicknamed Yoshi-P by his community, is among the most respected Japanese creators in the world today.
It doesn’t stop there. The fight director is none other than Ryota Suzuki, who previously worked on Devil May Cry V, Dragon’s Dogma, and Marvel vs Capcom 2. The game’s director is Hiroshi Takai, who previously worked on Final Fantasy V. In the script we even find Kazutoyo Maehiro, who previously worked on The Last Remnant and Final Fantasy XII. What beautiful people.
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