Final Fantasy 16 release date, and everything we know so far

Final Fantasy 16 is on the horizon, and we couldn’t be more excited. 

Developed by RPG veterans Square Enix, Final Fantasy 16 is an action RPG with a focus on cinematic storytelling, expansive worldbuilding, and breathtaking spectacle.  The latest in the long-running series of narrative-driven games, Final Fantasy 16 promises to add welcome modernizations to the Final Fantasy formula, whilst preserving the characterful storytelling that made its predecessors so iconic.  

Taking a leaf out of Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s book, Final Fantasy 16 is set to be an immersive, accessible experience; bent on telling a story that’ll stick with you. Though we don’t yet know if Square Enix has stuck the landing, there is plenty of news and information out there  – tidbits we’ve scraped together for your reading pleasure. 

Final Fantasy 16 : cut to the chase

What is it? The next mainline single-player Final Fantasy titleWhen can I play it? June 22, 2023Which can I play it on? PS5 (PC could follow)Final Fantasy 16 release date and platforms

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Final Fantasy 16 will launch June 22, 2023 on PS5. This was confirmed at The Game Awards 2022, alongside a brand new trailer. This puts it among some stiff competition, given that Diablo 4 just revealed a June launch date as well.

Sony has now confirmed that while Final Fantasy 16 is indeed a PS5 exclusive, it’s only as such for 6 months. It will likely be announced for PC platforms shortly afterwards. This information was included in a recent trailer.

Final Fantasy 16 trailers

Latest trailer

The latest trailer for Final Fantasy 16 dropped at the May PlayStation Showcase. The “Salvation” Launch Trailer features almost three minutes of footage from the game. Though it doesn’t go into many specifics, the trailer does a great job of showing off the scale and spectacle at the heart of Final Fantasy 16. One theme is constant, however: protagonist Clive Rosfield will have his work cut out for him. 

More trailers

We’ve included some key Final Fantasy 16 trailers throughout this article you can find all the FF16 trailers that have been released to date on Square Enix’s official YouTube channel.

Final Fantasy 16 story and setting

We now know that Final Fantasy 16’s story and adventure will take place in a land called Valisthea. 

The world is tied to six different Mothercrystals, which have been around for generations. During this time, six powerful nations have risen up around the Mothercrystals and each place now lives in relative peace. As is always the case with Final Fantasy, the blessings bestowed by the Mothercrystals has allowed these powers to thrive, and their people to live in comfort. 

Of course, we also learn that the crystals have been the cause of “countless wars”, which eventually formed the six nations now in the game: the Grand Duchy of Rosaria, the Holy Empire of Sanbreque, the Kingdom of Waloed, the Dhalmekian Republic, the Iron Kingdom, and the Crystalline Dominion.

Each place views the world differently and, obviously, this leads to some political disagreements between the nations. However, we know that the emergence of something called a “Blight”, which is spreading across the land, is making these different powers desperate. This is probably where we will begin the game; in the midst of this turbulent time.

In a radio interview (via Kotaku) producer Naoki Yoshida said that while Final Fantasy 16 is going to be “action-oriented” it’s “turning into a Final Fantasy that features both story and action.”  According to Yoshida, steps are being taken to accommodate players who prefer story to action, saying, “We strongly want people to enjoy the story, so we’re preparing a mode for those who want to focus on the story”.

It seems that the story might touch on more mature themes, as he added, “I think that when you become an adult, you also understand suffering. And so, people who have grown up on Final Fantasy, also know the real world. But even then, they want to once again enjoy fantasy. They can get something out of it and are able to contemplate things. I’m thinking I’d like to make this a theme [for the game].” 

Final Fantasy 16 gameplay

Final Fantasy 16 is an action RPG, meaning you shouldn’t expect the turn-based combat of older entries, it’s more akin to Final Fantasy 15 or Final Fantasy 7 Remake. In my hands-on with the game, I was impressed by the fast-paced, frenetic combat which, preserved the empowering spectacle of Final Fantasies past while deftly channeling the cinematic feel of modern real-time spectacle fighters like Devil May Cry 5.

In Final Fantasy 16, you control Cilve Rosfield. Unlike in previous games, other members of the party are AI-controlled, however, Clive has enough tricks up his sleeve to keep players on their toes. Throughout battle, Clive cycles between different Eikons, channeling different sets of supernatural powers to produce varied effects. 

His default Eikon, Phoenix, is great at dealing damage, but also offers some self-healing and area-of-effect attack options if you’re so inclined. However, once you switch to Garuda, you’ll suddenly find your move set radically different. Even Clive’s basic dash shifts to reflect the agility of the Eikon of wind. In Garuda mode, Clive can dish out rapid combos and mid-air attacks. 

Each Eikon you unlock boasts different sets of moves and can be customized accordingly. However, you’ll need to master several of these different modes if you want to navigate through Final Fantasy 16’s satisfying, action-oriented combat.

Final Fantasy 16 news

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Final Fantasy 16’s endgame is more than your average new game plus

Final Fantasy 16’s developers recently outlined their plans for the title’s endgame content. These include special trials as well as an entirely new game mode. 

Final Fantasy 16 dev promises a deep story full of “bad puns”Final Fantasy 16  writer and senior translator Michael-Christopher Koji Fox outlined his vision for the game’s lore and storytelling in a recent interview, promising a “fantastical and philosophical” tale. 

Final Fantasy 16 blazes its own trailWe recently had the chance to go hands-on with Final Fantasy 16. You can read our Final Fantasy 16 preview here, ranging from impressions of the story being told, and the action being baked into the combat.

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