Eikon-on-eikon fights are in store for next summer
Final Fantasy XVI reappeared today to show off new gameplay and set a release window. Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for the RPG and confirmed that Final Fantasy XVI is currently targeting summer 2023.
The new trailer closed out the show at today’s Sony State of Play, starting with a message from producer Naoki Yoshida. He thanked the fans for waiting so long and said the team plans to reveal more about Final Fantasy XVI in future interviews.
“And even though the world is in turmoil, we will continue to focus on what we do best: making games,” Yoshida said. “Because if through entertainment we can give people something they can really enjoy, maybe we can bring some happiness in these trying times.”
The trailer shows many different famous Final Fantasy summons, presented by Dominants as Eikons. This term may sound familiar to anyone playing Final Fantasy XIV. This is the same name the game uses to refer to the famous deities that appear in Final Fantasy like Shiva, Ifrit and Bahamut. In today’s trailer, we can see a lot of them, and it looks like they’ll be fighting too.
Along with some intense combat, it looks like players will also engage in massive primal battles. Much like giant kaiju fights, except with famous Final Fantasy assignment. It looks pretty awesome.
In a PlayStation blog entry, the team confirms that combat will be split between these titanic clashes and battles on the ground. The latter follows protagonist Clive Rosfield, as he unleashes a bunch of attacks and weapons. To me, it feels like the action-RPG style of Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake of the trailer.
Final Fantasy XVI director Hiroshi Takai says the game is fully playable, start to finish. However, there is still a lot to do for optimization and refresh. Right now, Square Enix is aiming for a Summer 2023 launch on PlayStation 5. Takai says the team will do their best not to make fans wait “too long” for the next update.