Final Fantasy 16 is the next upcoming title from Square Enix in the massively popular RPG series and we have everything you need to know about its release.
FF16 is the sixteenth game in the mainline series, expected to be released exclusively for PS5 and is being produced by Naoki Yoshida and directed by Hiroshi Takai.
The game will be set in the fictional land of Valisthea, a continent with six factions that are on the verge of conflict due to a spreading malady called the Blight.
Here is everything you need to know about Final Fantasy 16:
UPDATE 5th May 2022: Yoshida revealed in a UNIQLO magazine that the game is near the end of it’s development!
VGC translated the interview, with the producer saying: “Development of the latest title, Final Fantasy XVI, is in its final stages.
“Final Fantasy XVI aims to integrate the story and the gaming experience into a single player game. Unlike online, which portrays multiple players simultaneously, Final Fantasy XVI focuses on the individual.
“This makes the story more immersive. It’s a very dense story.
“As an adult, I learnt about society and said to myself ‘reality is not as easy as a video game’. I hope that those who once left Final Fantasy will remember how exciting their passion for video games was back then.”
UPDATE 2nd April 2022: Still nothing new from Square Enix regarding the game as of writing, but we’re hoping for something before the end of 2022!
UPDATE 9th March 2022: Fans are hoping for an announcement during State of Play!
UPDATE 18th January 2022: Square Enix released an article on their website with the games that players can expect to see released in 2022, and unfortunately Final Fantasy 16 is not one of them.
Life Is Strange Remastered Collection, Babylon’s Fall, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and Forspoken are among the games that are slated to be released this year.
UPDATE 11th January 2022: Producer Naoki Yoshida recently gave an update on the game’s development:
“When last we spoke, I promised I would have more information on Final Fantasy 16 sometime later in 2021. However, I regret to inform you that I will be unable to keep that promise as complications stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have delayed the game’s development by almost a half year.”
“That said, we have spent much of 2021 addressing this issue, and hope to see its impact to a minimum by the new year, allowing us to better focus on the tasks at hand: increasing graphic resource quality, refining combat mechanics, fleshing out individual battles, putting the finishing touches on cutscenes, and conducting overall graphical optimisation. Our primary goal now is to be as hands-on with the game as possible in order to see it fully polished.”
UPDATE 14th December 2021: Although nothing has been said yet, we’re hoping that the year-end Japanese developer’s interviews with Famitsu and Dengeki will reveal more!
UPDATE 16th November 2021: Reportedly the game is ‘near to completion’ although there is still not a definitive date of release for the next iteration of the massively popular series.
Yoshida recently confirmed that he is working on Final Fantasy 16 with the ‘utmost care,’ with some fans concerned that his ongoing work with MMO Final Fantasy 14 is drawing away from the new title.
In an interview with Famitsu, Yoshida stated: “I sometimes see on social media comments like ‘Yoshida is working on Final Fantasy 16, so he’s too busy and is hands-off with Final Fantasy 14.
“This is absolutely not true. I am desperately working on it, so I hope you’ll stick with me from here on out.”
Although there has not been an official date confirmed for Final Fantasy 16, rumours have been circulating regarding a release in June 2022.
The Playstation Showcase event intro video had a sign that read “Valisthea 06.16.” The actual intro video is set in a type of subway, including times for potential stops.
Fans have taken this to mean that Final Fantasy 16 will be releasing on 16th June 2022, as Valisthea is the setting for the new title in the FF series.
Read more: Final Fantasy 16: What is the release date?
The initial trailer for the game was originally released back in September 2020, showing cinematic elements as well as some early gameplay that seems to indicate that the game will be taking on a style similar to Final Fantasy 15, Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts.
There has not been a lot of actual gameplay footage released thus far aside from the aforementioned trailer.
The game will be set in a medieval-style world, which harkens back to the classic sprite games of Final Fantasy and will most likely include the classic use of magic, items and levelling up but with a modern twist to movement and actual fights.
Which consoles will Final Fantasy 16 be released on?
As of writing, Final Fantasy 16 is set to be a Playstation 5 exclusive title.
Square Enix has confirmed the following Characters on the official Final Fantasy 16 website:
“The firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria. Though all expected him to inherit the Phoenix’s flames and awaken as its Dominant, destiny instead chose his younger brother Joshua to bear this burden.
“In search of a role of his own, Clive dedicated himself to mastering the blade. His practice pays off when, at just fifteen years of age, he wins the ducal tournament and is dubbed the First Shield of Rosaria—tasked to guard the Phoenix and blessed with the ability to wield a part of his fire.
“Alas, Clive’s promising career is to end in tragedy at the hands of a mysterious dark Eikon, Ifrit, setting him on a dangerous road to revenge.”
“The second son of the Archduke of Rosaria and Clive’s younger brother by five years. Joshua awoke as the Dominant of the Phoenix soon after his birth. Despite his noble upbringing, Joshua treats all his father’s subjects with warmth and affection—none more so than Clive, whom he deeply admires.
“Joshua often laments that it was he, the frail and bookish younger son, who was granted command of the firebird’s flames, and not his stronger, braver brother.
“While Clive will gladly throw himself into any danger, Joshua quails at the sight of a carrot on his dinner plate. But carrots become the least of his concern when he, too, is swept up into the tragic events that change Clive’s life forever.”
“Born in the fallen Northern Territories, Jill was taken from her homeland at a tender age to become a ward of Rosaria, securing peace between the two warring nations.
The Archduke insisted that she be raised alongside his sons, and now, at twelve years of age, she is as much a part of the Rossfield household as Clive and Joshua.
“Ever kind, gracious, and unassuming, Jill has become a trusted confidant to the brothers.”
We will keep you updated as and when more information is released on Final Fantasy 16!
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