New Final Fantasy XVI trailer at Sony’s June State of Play

A pale-skinned woman holds her hand open in front of her and conjures up a floating ice crystal.

Screenshot: Square-Enix

As part of PlayStation State of Play 2022, Square Enix showed off a gameplay trailer for the upcoming PS5 role-playing game, Final Fantasy XVI. Although the exact release date is not set, the game is currently expected to release in the summer of 2023.

The fights in FFXVI appears to take place in real time and involves battles against giant creatures from the Final Fantasy series, such as Odin, Bahamut and Ifrit. Most likely. These are the “Eikons” that were mentioned in official documents prior to the event.

The reason there hasn’t been a lot of news from FFXVI it is because the development had been affected by complications from Covid-19. The team had been hampered by the transition to remote work, but the game was already in Polish development.

FFXVI has been announcement for the PlayStation 5 on September 16, 2020 as the next mainline title in the Final Fantasy series. The trailer showed off a dark, gritty high-fantasy world with real-time combat. FFXVI producer Naoki Yoshida was intentional to show the actual game images instead of only rendered images. According to the old Kotaku writer Jason Schrier, his sources said this FFXVI had been in development for at least four years prior to its initial announcement. While fans thought Yoshida would be too busy working on Final Fantasy XIV at the same time, he debunked the rumor in a meeting with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.

His official website launched a month laterpresenting more information about the game history. FFXVI takes place in the fantasy world of Valisthea, where prosperity is guaranteed by shimmering magical mountains called Mothercrystals. Super-powered humans called “Dominants” can control deadly monsters called Eikons. So far, we only know of three main characters from FFXVI. Clive and Joshua Rosfield are brothers from a noble family of Dominants, while Jill Warrick was adopted by their family to end the conflict between the warring nations. So far, six great nations were mentioned in the new fantasy setting.

In July last year, Yoshida went on a livestream to declare that the game has given priority to the Enlocalization in English and would be recorded in British English. FFXVI was not shown at E3 or this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

The official site currently lists FFXVI as a PlayStation 5 exclusive, though the initial trailer seems to imply the game is a timed exclusive.

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