Final Fantasy 16 is an action role playing game developed and published by Square Enix.
It is set in the land of Valisthea, a divided continent on the brink of all-out conflict due to a spreading malady known as the Blight.
"We wanted to create something that was based in reality, that felt really real, and talk about complex and violent themes such as war," says producer Naoki Yoshida.
Though it can't yet be downloaded, a demo for the action RPG has appeared on the PlayStation Store ahead of its full release later this month.
Though Final Fantasy 16 has been developed as a completely self-sufficient story, it might receive DLC depending on reception from fans.
Although producer Naoki Yoshida has previously said that it's unlikely to release for the platform as soon as its 6-month PS5 exclusivity window is up.
Producer Naoki Yoshida found that the changed UI "blended too much with what was going on, and it became difficult to see."
Producer Naoki Yoshida didn't want to extend development time and so made the decision to focus only on a PS5 release.
Travelling around the world will mostly be done through fast travel, while traversal methods will include walking and riding Chocobos.
Final Fantasy Mode offers a tougher difficulty for New Game+, while Ultimaniac increases that even further for Arcade Mode.
Square Enix's highly anticipated action RPG launches exclusively for the PS5 in less than a month's time.
Sony also provided valuable development support for the action RPG, producer Naoki Yoshida says.
"First, we want to see if Valisthea and Clive are really things players want to see more of and then make that decision,” says Naoki Yoshida.
"We really looked deeply at the God of War games, looking at all the leaves on the trees and comparing them to what we have to make sure what we have is hopefully better than what they have," says art...
Square Enix has previously confirmed that the action RPG will receive a demo shortly before its late June release.
Director Hiroshi Takai is confident in the final build and also empathises with those who don't have internet access for a patch.
"We were going to focus on telling a complete story from beginning to end and not make those same mistakes as FF15 did," says producer Naoki Yoshida.
It's "actually something that I’ve discussed with the higher-ups," says Yoshida. "Maybe it’s about time we removed the numbers from the title."
Various publications went hands-on with the game's first three hours, delving into Clive's backstory, how he meets Cid and much more.
The next mainline title in Square Enix's legendary RPG series arrives in June, but how does it differ from its predecessor? Find out here.
Square Enix's upcoming action RPG is looking like it'll stand out even in a year as packed as 2023.
Check out how Cidolfus and Jill assist Clive in combat, the different commands Torgal can use and much more in new gameplay.
Final Fantasy 16 is getting a PS5 bundle, while Japanese players will also get limited edition PS5 covers and DualSense controllers.
Here's everything we learned from Final Fantasy 16's recent massive gameplay showing.
Taking place in Los Angeles, the celebration will be live-streamed. The action RPG launches on June 22nd, exclusively for PS5.
The theme song is performed by artist Kenshi Yonezu, popularly known for tracks in anime like Chainsaw Man and My Hero Academia.
The 25-minute plus showcase reveals incredible combat sequences and environments ahead of the game's June 22nd release on PS5.
Square Enix and Sony will show off over 20 minutes of gameplay footage, showcasing more of the world, combat, and more.
As players unlock new locations, they can visit them at any time. Some will even have brand-new side quests, hunts, and more.
The highly anticipated action RPG has wrapped up development ahead of its launch in June, Square Enix has confirmed.
The DualSense is also supported, with adaptive triggers used when opening heavy doors and haptic feedback creating "subtle vibrations."
Producer Naoki Yoshida has revealed details on what players can look forward to from the RPG's Quality and Performance modes.
Various Eikon battles, including a shoot 'em up stage, are showcased in extensive new gameplay footage at PAX East 2023.
Slice foes to pieces with Odin's Zantetsuken or unleash a rain of projectiles with Bahamut's Megaflare in the upcoming action RPG.
Lava-filled caverns, ancient ruins, vast plains, burned-out towns, and more await fans on June 22nd when it launches for PS5.
Squeezing through gaps while the game loads in the next area isn't something that's going to go away anytime soon.
Along with setting up his wolf companion for attacks, Clive and Torgal can extend and finish each other's combos in several ways.
Square Enix has refused to divulge the engine powering its upcoming action RPG, which launches on June 22nd exclusively for PS5.
Producer Naoki Yoshida confirms that Sony's development support on the RPG was one of the factors responsible for its timed exclusivity deal.
Several new details have emerged on Square Enix's upcoming RPG.
The developer throws "down the gauntlet" and offers "a challenge that is "above and beyond what you see in Devil May Cry 5."
"If we didn't have the memory and the transfer speed of the SSD that the PS5 has, we would still be in development right now," says combat director Ryoto Suzuki.
"We didn't create any [hidden dungeons or maps] because we wanted players to focus more on the main scenario and not have this feeling that you have to go to this area and clear this area," says game ...
Producer Naoki Yoshida has confirmed that the upcoming RPG's demo will let players carry over their progress into the full game.
"We have hundreds of entries available, but players can also choose to ignore them and enjoy the game without feeling bogged down," says localization director Michael-Christopher Koji Fox.
Instead, accessibility settings will be provided through in-game items known as Timely accessories, which will enable to separate modes.
Those who want to do a repeat playthrough of the RPG with a great level of challenge will have the option to do so.
However, it won't release after the six-month exclusivity window for PS5 since optimization will take time, as per Naoki Yoshida.
These are just for the main scenario and are "seamlessly interwoven into the game experience, playing in-engine in real-time."
Producer Naoki Yoshida doesn't anticipate delays, barring catastrophes like a "meteor hitting our headquarters in Japan."
Over 45 minutes of new gameplay is available, showcasing how boss battles, combat and support accessories work in the upcoming RPG.
Square Enix's highly anticipated RPG might be gearing up to reveal new details soon, ahead of its launch in June.
Nintendo's upcoming Switch megaton maintains a healthy lead on top of the weekly charts, with Square Enix's RPG following behind in second place.
Proper marketing for Square Enix's highly anticipated RPG has kicked off at Japanese retail ahead of its launch in June.
"Nobody said a word about a PC version releasing," says Naoki Yoshida before adding, "don't worry about that, buy a PS5!"
Dismemberment, torture, strong language, and much more can be expected from the RPG when it launches on June 22nd, 2023.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom drops down to second place, with Square Enix's upcoming RPG retaking the No. 1 spot.
Final Fantasy 16's English cast will include the likes of Ben Starr, Logan Hannan, Susannah Fielding, and more in central roles.
Companion characters cannot be issued direct commands, but they will often fight alongside Clive in battles of their own accord.
Final Fantasy 16's newest trailer sets up a dark, dramatic tale of revenge, while also showing off the game's flashy combat, summons, and more.
A prominent leaker seems to be suggesting (in rather cryptic fashion) that an imminent announcement will set a June 2023 launch for the RPG.
Producer and host Geoff Keighley has revealed that Square Enix's Naoki Yoshida will be attending the show for "a very special live presentation."
Square Enic previously said that Final Fantasy 16 is nearing the end of development, with a release date announcement likely coming before the end of the year.
In a largely unchanged top 10, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Final Fantasy 16 rank high in the Famitsu charts again.
A new report has claimed that Square Enix will be showing off a new trailer for Final Fantasy 16 either on December 7 or 8, which will also likely reveal the game's release date.
Both games have ranked high in Famitsu's latest weekly charts for the most highly anticipated upcoming games.
Several new details have emerged on Square Enix's highly-anticipated RPG.
A new PlayStation 5 ad has revealed that Square Enix's upcoming RPG Final Fantasy 16's exclusivity period will end 6 months after its launch.
Square Enix says that it intends to release a trial version of its upcoming PS5 RPG, and it'll happen not long before the game's full launch.
Director Hiroshi Takai also promises "plenty of optional content" throughout the story, bringing total playtime to the "70-hour mark or so."
Blizzard Entertainment has unveiled the shooter's next hero, Ramattra, and revealed the former war hero's origin story in a new trailer.
Last week's No. 1 game, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, drops back down to second place as Square Enix's RPG retakes the lead.
Upon completing the story once, players can carry over equipment, abilities, and levels into a new playthrough with tougher enemies.
"The current situation is that we play through the game day by day, tweak the rough parts, and brush up the parts that have flaws in performance or drawing," says director Hiroshi Takai.
This character is "Strong, yet flawed. Brave, yet full of doubt," and her relationship with Clive affects him throughout the story.
There are a variety of activities like resource gathering, Elite Marks to hunt, and "situations" where Clive must fight without Eikon powers.
The Final Fantasy 7 series has sold 13.9 million physical and digital units since the first game launched in 1997 for the PS1.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which was last week's No. 2, has fallen down to the fourth spot in the latest charts.
Barnabas Tharmr rose through the ranks in Waloed and is skilled with a blade. Dion Lesage is the crown prince of Sanbreque and leads the dragoons.
The development team is focused on "debugging, tweaking, polishing, and optimization" en route to its Summer 2023 release.
The world is dying, and its various kingdoms, outlined in the new trailer, go to war to claim the "fading light" of the Crystals.
For the first time in a while, the majority of the games in the newest weekly top 10 are upcoming PS5 titles rather than the Switch.
Square Enix's upcoming RPG holds a healthy lead in the top spot, while upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusives Bayonetta 3 slots in at second place.
Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida has confirmed once more that a new trailer for the upcoming RPG will be coming soon.
Meanwhile, fellow upcoming Final Fantasy title, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, has also climbed up to the No. 6 spot in the latest charts.
It's a Switch-dominated top 10 in Famitsu's weekly charts again, though a couple other notable PS5 titles are also featured.
Producer Naoki Yoshida confirms that a new trailer for the RPG will likely arrive in October, followed by information on its launch date.
The PS5 RPG retook the top spot in Famitsu's charts for the most highly anticipated games a couple weeks ago, and has held on to that position.
"All we can really do is create multiple games, and continue creating the best that we can at any given time," says Naoki Yoshida.
Square Enix's upcoming RPG is back on top of the charts, with Switch exclusive Splatoon 3 taking second place.
After reclaiming the top spot a couple of weeks ago, Final Fantasy 16 has been pushed back down, with Splatoon 3 now occupying the pole position.
Meanwhile, Splatoon 3 is still in second place, while fellow upcoming first party Switch exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles3 climbs back up to No. 3.
Square Enix's upcoming RPG has climbed back into pole position, with Splatoon 3 falling down to second place.
Producer Naoki Yoshida talks about how video game technology has moved towards featuring real-time action, and why the studio decided that it was the right call over turn-based action.
With its main aims in mind, producer Naoki Yoshida says it's "almost impossible in terms of time and cost to create a global story within an open world."
For the fourth week running, Nintendo's upcoming colourful shooter has topped Famitsu's most wanted charts, with Final Fantasy 16 settling for second place.
Square Enix's upcoming RPG has swapped places with the Nintendo Switch's Xenoblade Chronicles 3, while Splatoon 3 hangs on to the top spot.
Story Focus Mode is meant for less action-savvy players and allows for modifying combat - like easier blocking and combos - with special equipment.
Square Enix's next entry in the Final Fantasy series keeps looking better and better. Here's everything new that you need to know.
The upcoming PS5 RPG is beaten to the charts' top spot by upcoming Switch exclusive duo Splatoon 3 and Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
Producer Naoki Yoshida says the decision was made to authentically portray a medieval European fantasy setting.
"We felt it was necessary to allow us to explore those more mature themes that the game tackles," says producer Naoki Yoshida.
"It’s only thanks to the power of the PlayStation 5 system that we can make Final Fantasy 16 the roller-coaster ride that it is," says producer Naoki Yoshida.
Players can earn points and unlock new Eikon abilities for regular battles. Abilities can be upgraded to become more powerful.
The battle with Titan in the recent trailer is "only about maybe a 20th of what you get to experience," says producer Naoki Yoshida.
Producer Naoki Yoshida says that battles in the upcoming RPG are "in some ways a culmination of the company’s past experiences.”
Square Enix's upcoming action RPG, which releases next year for PS5, does take inspiration from "recent triple-A open-world RPGs."
Though there will be "Easter eggs", fans won't find as many "tributes" to the previous games as in Final Fantasy 14, says producer Naoki Yoshida.
Producer Naoki Yoshida also teases a "comprehensive support system in place for players who aren’t too confident with action games."
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 remains in second place, while Splatoon 3 leapfrogs both RPGs to jump straight to the top spot.
Square Enix has started pulling back the curtain on its upcoming PS5 RPG- here's everything new that we've learned about it.
Two major upcoming RPGs are on top of the weekly charts, but once again, it's Final Fantasy 16 that takes the pole position.
The Final Fantasy 16 website has been updated, adding a lot of new details about the world, its magic, and its characters.
Square Enix has revealed who the leads in Final Fantasy 16's development team are, including its main director, creative director, and more.
Square Enix also confirms that the highly anticipated PS5 RPG has "entered the final leg of development", with the development team "focusing on polish."
The PS5 RPG maintains a healthy lead on top of the weekly charts, but the rest of the top 10 is once again dominated by upcoming Switch titles.
Square Enix's upcoming RPG has topped the weekly charts yet again, maintaining a healthy lead over Splatoon 3, the game placed second.
Based on whether Square Enix can get Final Fantasy 16 ready for this year, it may push Forspoken back again, as per XboxEra's Nick Baker.
Though the PS5 exclusive RPG takes the top spot, every other game in the top 10 is an upcoming Nintendo Switch release.
Producer Naoki Yoshida says Final Fantasy 16's new trailer had to be internally delayed, but will be dropping soon, with the game's development itself also nearly finished.
Final Fantasy 16 remains unmoved on top of the most wanted charts, while the PS5 version of Pragmata re-enters the top 10.
Producer Naoki Yoshida reportedly said in the recent Uniqlo magazine that the story has become one with "quite a lot of depth."
Meanwhile, Pokemon Scarlet and Violent come in at the tail end of what's a very Nintendo Switch-dominated top 10.
When the PS5 RPG finally launches, hopefully, it'll avoid these pitfalls.
Final Fantasy 16 maintains its lead on top of the weekly charts, in an otherwise Nintendo Switch-dominated top 10.
Future content includes side quests starring Tataru, a new Ultimate Duty with "Dragonsong's Reprise" and Data Center Travel.
Square Enix's upcoming PS5 exclusive RPG is on top of Famitsu's weekly charts for the most highly anticipated upcoming games once more.
Final Fantasy 16 and the PS5 version of Capcom's Pragmata are the only non-Switch upcoming releases in this week's top 10.
Meanwhile, fellow upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusives LIVE A LIVE and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 have both entered the top 10.
Square Enix's upcoming PS5 RPG tops Famitsu's most wanted charts yet again, but the rest of the top 10 is largely dominated by upcoming Switch releases.
It's a largely Switch-dominated top 10 again in the newest weekly charts, though the upcoming PS5-exclusice RPG tops proceedings again.
Though it fell down to second place in last week's charts, the upcoming PS5 RPG has once again reclaimed its throne.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's upcoming sequel has grabbed the top spot in Famitsu's latest most wanted charts.
Square Enix's upcoming PS5 RPG continues to top the charts, while Dragon Quest 10 Offline moves up to second place.
Meanwhile, FromSoftware's upcoming action RPG Elden Ring climbs into the charts in an otherwise largely Switch-dominated top 10.
Unsurprisingly, Square Enix's upcoming PS5 RPG has once again topped Famitsu's charts for the most highly anticipated games.
Final Fantasy 16 remains in the top spot amidst plenty of shuffling in the top 10, with Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak coming in at #10.
There has been some movement in the top 10 with games shuffling around, but Final Fantasy 16 has held on to the top spot.
In a largely Switch-dominated top 10, Square Enix's upcoming PS5 RPG has once again topped proceedings, like several previous weeks.
Final Fantasy 16 is seemingly the "main focus right now.". Also, the unannounced title isn't Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts or another Final Fantasy game.
According to a journalist, Square Enix wants PlayStation to be the home of Final Fantasy this generation, though the company remains committed to PC as well.
In an almost entirely unchanged top 10, Final Fantasy 16 claims the top spot once again, while a host of Switch games follow.
Producer Naoki Yoshida apologizes for the lack of updates in 2021, and explains that ongoing COVID-related complications have delayed the game's development "by almost a half year."
It's a largely unchanged top 10 in Famitsu's most wanted charts, with a number of Switch games claiming most of the spots.
In a top 10 dominated almost entirely by upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, PS5-exclusive Final Fantasy 16 tops proceedings.
Meanwhile, Bayonetta 3 hangs on to second place, while fellow upcoming Switch exclusive Splatoon 3 moves up to No. 3.
Meanwhile, upcoming Switch games dominate the rest of the top 10 again, with Kirby and the Forgotten Land breaking into the charts.
Meanwhile, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's unnamed sequel takes second place in a top 10 mostly dominated by Switch games.
Upcoming Nintendo Switch games dominate the top 10 again, with the PS5 version of Gran Turismo 7 being the only non-Switch title to break it into the charts.
Shin Megami Tensei 5 drops back down to second place in a top 10 dominated almost entirely by upcoming Switch exclusives.
After having spent several weeks running on top of Famitsu's Most Wanted charts, Final Fantasy 16 has been overtaken by Shin Megami Tensei 5.
The two upcoming RPGs are still on top of the weekly charts, with most of the rest of the top 10 being dominated by Switch releases.
The vast majority of the rest of the top 10 is dominated by upcoming Switch releases, with the exception of PS5's Gran Turismo 7.
The upcoming PS5 RPG tops the charts, with a healthy lead over the game place second, Switch-exclusive Shin Megami Tensei 5.
Producer Naoki Yoshida says that even though players will be controlling a pre-defined protagonist, there will still be quite a bit of flexibility in terms of progression.
Shin Megami Tensei 5 falls down to second place as Final Fantasy 16 grabs the top spot, with Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in third place.
Producer Naoki Yoshida also revealed that the character models are almost finished and the developer is focusing on overall polish.
The upcoming RPG duo occupies the top two spots in the charts for a third consecutive week, with most of the top 10 being otherwise dominated by Switch games.
In a largely Switch dominated top 10, the two games that topped last week's charts rank high in this week's charts as well.
Producer Naoki Yoshida assures that the upcoming action RPG's development team will ensure that the game is as polished as possible at launch.
Shin Megami Tensei 5 claims the top spot in this week's charts, with Final Fantasy 16 and Tales of Arise following behind.
Tales of Arise climbs back into first place, with the rest of the top 10 mostly being dominated by upcoming Switch games.
Final Fantasy 16 has overtaken Tales of Arise in the Famitsu charts for the most highly anticipated upcoming games.
The upcoming RPGs rule the roost once more, with the rest of the top 10 largely being dominated by a number of upcoming Switch exclusives.
The RPG duo continues to dominate proceedings, with the rest of the top 10 largely being dominated by Nintendo Switch exclusives.
Producer Naoki Yoshida reveals that English voice recording and performance capture has progressed the most, with Japanese recording yet to begin.
The two action RPGs are separated by just four votes, while the likes of Bayonetta 3, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and Elden Ring rank in the top 10 as well.
And once again, Bandai Namco's upcoming action RPG Tales of Arise tops the charts, with a lead of over 50 votes.
Though the game's scenarios are "set in stone" and its English voice recording almost finshed, producer Naoki Yoshida is still hesitant to show more of it just yet.
Meanwhile, the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trails the pair in third place, with a gap of over a hundred votes from readers.
Meanwhile, Bayonetta 3 and the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild take the third and fourth spots respectively.
Known insider Navtra claims that Sony is preparing a dedicated event very soon, and suggests that Final Fantasy 16 might be present at the show.
Meanwhile, Bandai Namco's upcoming action RPG Tales of Arise once again takes the top spot, while Splatoon 3 breaks into the top 10.
Business as usual in the most wanted charts.
Trails behind Tales of Arise in the charts.
Resident Evil Village and Tales of Arise receive quite a few votes as well.
In Monster Hunter Rise's absence, Square Enix's upcoming megaton snags the top spot.
Business as usual in the latest weekly charts.
Business as usual for the weekly Famitsu charts.
While Monster Hunter Rise tops the charts yet again.
Monster Hunter Rise and Tales of Arise top the charts once more.
The upcoming RPG is currently announced only as a PS5 exclusive.
Tales of Arise and Resident Evil Village also ranked in the top 5.
And yes, Monster Hunter Rise tops the charts again.
The development team is also hard at work on the story.
Monster Hunter Rise takes the top spot once more.
Yoshida says they fear saying something half-baked.
Monster Hunter Rise and Tales of Arise take the top 2 once more.
Final Fantasy 16 climbs up to second place.
Monster Hunter Rise is still on top though.
Monster Hunter Rise tops the charts once more.
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Read more about the backstories for Joshua and Clive, along with the various realms of Valisthea.
A small bit of information on the how the combat works and the main protagonist.
The team continues to "create large-scale resources and build boss battles."
What does Final Fantasy 16's recent announcement tell us about what we should expect from the game?
An official teaser website with info on characters and the world will go live soon.
This would make it the first mainline Final Fantasy game to be rated M.
Square Enix's next big role-playing title is apparently closer than believed.
Piers Harding-Rolls notes that "timing and platform support is totally down to Square Enix's development efforts."
The upcoming action RPG is exclusive to the PS5, for the time being.
Battles and cutscenes from the trailer confirmed to be running in real-time.
The single-player action RPG is exclusive to PlayStation.
Apparently, it will be exclusive to PS5.
The director/producer still has a few years left on the successful MMO.
Someone give this man a budget, because he seems to have all the right ideas.
Even more than Final Fantasy 15?