Final Fantasy XVI was honored at the PlayStation State of Play presentation. Square Enix showed off the upcoming timed-in-action PS5 exclusive, showcasing its world and action-oriented combat. It was also revealed that Final Fantasy XVI will release in Summer 2023, exclusively on PS5.
The new Final Fantasy XVI trailer showed off several of the game’s big bosses, along with the real-time action combat. Combat feels like both Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake, with high-speed movement and flying damage numbers. Some of the boss fights shown had more cinematic camera angles, as well as the main character’s health bar and bosses’ health bar prominently displayed. The trailer also sets the stage for a massive war between two factions in the game and shows the world heavier and more fantastic.
Detailed on the PlayStation Blog, the new trailer also brings a bit more information on the story of Final Fantasy XVI, as well as the Eikons. Eikons function as summons in the game, but also play an important role in the ongoing conflict in the kingdom of Valisthea. Permanent economic adviser Hugo Kupka rose to power as the Dominant of the Eikon Titan, leading to him gaining political influence and amassing a large personal fortune. Opposite him is Benedikta Harman, the Dominant of Eikon Garuda, who is on a mission to find the second Eikon of Fire when she encounters the protagonist, Clive Rosfield.
Final Fantasy XVI is the series’ first mainline entry since 2016’s Final Fantasy XV, and it returns to a more traditional fantasy setting that we haven’t seen in a very long time. It’s run by the same Square Enix division responsible for the excellent MMO Final Fantasy XIV, and Devil May Cry V designer Ryota Suzuki works as battle director – so we should expect very smooth action.
The game won’t be coming to PS4, although an early teaser said it will be coming to PC at some point after release.
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