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After a controversial episode 15, Square Enix put the drool on the lips of their fans with the announcement of Final Fantasy XVI. Here’s everything you need to know about the next flagship installment in the cult JRPG franchise.
We never let go of Final Fantasy, even when the license isn’t necessarily at its best. In recent years, Square Enix’s cult JRPG has been in a very peculiar situation. For one thing, its last official canonical episode failed to convince gamers. Final Fantasy XV, which was going to be a spin-off of the already controversial Final Fantasy XIII universe, disappointed. On the other hand, the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV has only just stopped exploding in popularity. So what Final Fantasy XVI is comingthe developer learned his lesson.
When is the Final Fantasy 16 release date?
The next main episode of the Final Fantasy series will be released. during the summer of 2023. The release date of the game was pushed back a bit recently. Final Fantasy XVI is a PlayStation exclusive right now, and will be released on PS5 in this date. However, this exclusivity may be temporary.
The game was first announced during PlayStation Showcase on September 16, 2020, thanks to this trailer called “Awakening”.
Where is Final Fantasy XVI set?
Like all the main games of the Final Fantasy license, we are introduced to a new world and new characters for this new episode. If you are not familiar with the series, rest assured that you do not need to watch the previous 15 episodes to follow the story, which is completely new.
Final Fantasy XVI is set in the new world of valisthea. This territory is made up of crystalline mountains and plains and is divided into 6 nations each with a different Crystal Mother: the Archduchy of Rosalía, the Holy Empire of Bloodbrec, the Kingdom of Valoed, the Republic of Dalmequia, the Kingdom of Iron and the Kingdom of Valoed. Crystal. Domain. These 6 nations are at peace, but the balance of power is threatened by the arrival of the “Black Scourge”.
Each country has its Emissary, a name given to humans who take refuge the primordials. You probably already know them as summons as they are obviously the big cult monsters from the series like Ifrit or Titan. It is this great conflict that will be the basis of the Final Fantasy XVI scenario, where it appears that the Primordials representing the same element (fire, water, wind, etc.) will be at war.
The universe of Final Fantasy XVI seems for once heavily influenced by western historyinstead of Japanese. A trait that we already found in FFXIV, and that is confirmed more and more with this development team. This is not to say that the Japanese influences and traditions of the series (such as the presence of chocobos or moogles) will be completely forgotten; truth be told, the team is known for managing to mix everything together to create ultra-coherent universes that appeal to maximum players.
Who is the main character in Final Fantasy XVI?
The main hero of Final Fantasy XVI is Clive Rosfield.. This is the eldest son of the Archduke of Rosalía. As the game’s official website explains:
“Everyone expected him to become the Phoenix Emissary, but as fate would have it, his younger brother Joshua inherited the responsibility. Clive then decided to devote himself to swordsmanship. At just fifteen years old, he won the fencing tournament of the court, which gave him the title of Guardian of Rosalía, in charge of protecting Joshua. On the other hand, he received the blessing of the Phoenix, which allows him to use some of the fire powers of this Primordial. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes Clive, causing him to swear revenge on Ifrit, a dark Primordial who seems to be the source of all his misfortunes.”
However, the game’s story will introduce us to many different sides of each of the major regions of the world of Valisthea. We already know two of them: Hugo Kupka, Emissary of Titan for the Republic of Dalmequia, and Benedikta Harman, Emissary of Garuda.
What gameplay for Final Fantasy XVI?
FFXVI gameplay gets ever closer to the action in this new episode. His combat system is meant to be an evolution of that of Final Fantasy XVI, and not a mix between nostalgia and novelty like that of FF7 Remake. The main character will have the ability to use his sword and his shield, but also to equip himself with various powers of the Primordials to launch magical attacks.
In addition to these classic stages, Final Fantasy XVI will also offer primordial vs primordial battles which will try to be as epic as possible. From what we see in the second trailer of the game, they seem to mix several different game phases and are reminiscent of games like Naruto Ninja Storm.
about exploration, Final Fantasy XVI will not have an open world. However, it will be subdivided into several very large areas that should offer a lot of content to the curious who want to lose themselves in its world and search for its smaller treasures.
Who is developing Final Fantasy XVI?
Final Fantasy XVI is developed by thea Creative Business Unit III within Square Enix. If this name means nothing to you, you must not be a big fan of MMORPGs. This team is actually the one behind Final Fantasy XIV, the most popular video game released by the publisher for a long time. Its director, nicknamed Yoshi-P by his community, is one of the most respected Japanese creators in the world today.
It doesn’t stop there. The combat 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 director is Hiroshi Takai, who previously worked on Final Fantasy V. In the script, we even find to Kazutoyo. Maehiro, who previously worked on The Last Remnant and Final Fantasy XII. What beautiful people.