Final Fantasy 16 trailer, news and everything we know so far

Final Fantasy 16 artwork showing the main character, Clive Rosfield
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Final Fantasy 16 is the next mainline entry into the long-running RPG franchise. It's been 6 years since the last one, so fans are understandably eager to hear more about when they can play FF16. Thankfully, it seems like the game will arrive sooner rather than later, and is currently slated for a 2023 release.

Final Fantasy has never stuck with one theme or visual style for too long, and it looks like Final Fantasy 16 will pivot to a Medieval Europe-inspired vibe this time around. It's all swords, castles, and kingdoms, but with the usual Final Fantasy operatics baked in. 

While we do know that Final Fantasy 16 will launch next year, there are still many questions that are currently left unanswered by Square Enix. For one, there's a big question mark regarding the platforms the game will eventually come to, as it's just PS5 for now. To keep you in the loop with all things FF16, here's all of the latest news and rumors about the game. As new details are revealed, this page will be updated.

Final Fantasy 16 : cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next mainline single-player Final Fantasy title
  • When can I play it? "Summer 2023"
  • Which can I play it on? PS5 (PC could follow)

Final Fantasy 16 release date and platforms

Final Fantasy 16 protagonist Clive, fire burning in the background

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Final Fantasy 16 has a release window of "Summer 2023" (between June and September) for its PS5 release. Right now, a more firm release date than that hasn't been shared yet. It won't be appearing on last-gen consoles though, the PS4 version of Final Fantasy 16 was scrapped in early development, according to producer Naoki Yoshida. 

It does, seem, though, that the game's development is right on track to meet this window. In a PlayStation Blog post in October 2022, producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed that "the team has turned the corner and entered the home stretch", with its efforts now focused on polishing the game ahead of release in 2023.

"As the game edges closer to completion, the team has turned its full attention to debugging and final adjustments," director Hiroshi Takai wrote in the post. "Now that things are starting to come together, the game is sizing up to be something truly special."

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. (opens in new tab)

Final Fantasy 16 trailers

Ambition trailer
Final Fantasy 16's ambition trailer focuses on the lore of Final Fantasy's world of Valisthea, its kingdoms, and the powerful eikons at the epicenter. The trailer also introduces us to the Dominants of Bahamut and Odin. Check out the trailer below:

Dominance trailer
The Dominance trailer, aired at State of Play in June 2022, gave us our first major look at Final Fantasy 16 since the game's initial reveal. Getting a fresh look at the upcoming plot, Square Enix also showcased some pretty significant battles, such as fights between magical summons like Shiva and Ifrit. Check out the trailer below: 

Awakening trailer
Final Fantasy 16's reveal trailer provided a great teaser for the game. It isn't just some cinematics and ambiguous hints at what is to come – we get a healthy dose of the setting, various characters, and how the game will actually play when you get into a fight. 

At the start of the trailer, we see haggard mercenary characters sitting around a campfire, who are about to charge into battle. Eventually, it changes pace to show a young boy called Joshua who appears to hold some form of magical power, seemingly linked to the Phoenix – an eikon, or summon, in Final Fantasy parlance. Check out the first Final Fantasy 16 trailer below:

Final Fantasy 16 story and setting

A king sits on his throne in Final Fantasy 16

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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 characters and gameplay

Clive stands overlooking a sunset

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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 instead. We're also aware that Final Fantasy 16 won't be open world, but Naoki Yoshida confirms it will "find inspiration" from them.

Clive Rosfield is the main protagonist and he'll be joined by a series of AI-controlled companions in battles. The teaser website explains that he's the firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria and he's in charge of protecting his younger brother Joshua, who happens to hold the Dominant of the Phoenix. 

Thanks to Joshua's link to the Eikon Phoenix, Clive has been bestowed the Blessing of the Phoenix, giving him the ability to use some of the eikon's flame and power to make himself stronger. As the story unfolds, we're told that Clive is "swept up into a great tragedy."

Joshua Rosfield is Clive’s little brother and the Dominant of the Phoenix — Eikon of Fire. This means that Joshua has the Eikon Phoenix inside him, giving him special abilities and powers. We're told that "As a Dominant, Joshua transforms into the Phoenix and fights to protect his nation." This tells us a little about the world, namely how it views Dominants and eikons.

Finally, Jill Warrick is the young girl we first meet in the initial trailer. She's friends with Clive and Joshua because, an early age, she was taken from her homeland in the Northern Territories—a nation that swore loyalty to the Grand Duchy of Rosaria—to broker peace between the two powers.

You'll recognize the term eikon if you've played Final Fantasy 14, A Realm Reborn, where they're referred to as Primals. The official website tells us eikons "reside within special beings called Dominants. How Dominants are treated depends on the realm—in some, they are revered as royalty, while in others they are sent to the frontlines as weapons of war."

Key art of Clive Rosfield (left) and Joshua Rosfield (right), standing back to back

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A PlayStation Blog post (opens in new tab) has revealed that, in Final Fantasy 16, eikons play a big part in the story. These summoned creatures feature in combat but, naturally, impact the world of Valisthea. The eikons we know of so far are Phoenix, Titan, Garuda, Ramuh, Shiva, Odin, Bahamut, and Ifrit. Each is a powerful creature that has a suite of different abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

In the blog post, Final Fantasy 16’s developers also give a little background to the characters controlling the eikons. Permanent Economic Adviser Hugo Kupka, “once a nameless foot soldier in the Republican Army, his awakening as Dominant of the Eikon Titan thrust him to the forefront of Dhalmekian politics”. In that position of power, he’s skimming off the top of his people and directing their will. Titan is the big lad in the trailer, the one who looks like he could be nine feet tall.

Meanwhile, one of the other eikons, Garuda, is under the control of Benedikta Harman. She’s on a mission to find a second eikon of fire and you’ll join her on this quest – playing as Clive Rosfield. Harman apparently “turned her talent for swordplay and subterfuge into a command of Waloed’s elite intelligencers”.

Commenting on gameplay in an interview with Japanese site Comic Days (via VGC), bac in August 2022, Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida stated his concerns that some fans won't like the action-based shift. He stated:

"We want the world, especially the younger generation, to play the game. Also, the mainstream games nowadays are intuitive games where you press a button and the character shoots a gun or wields a sword, and the traditional RPG style of turn-based command fighting is no longer familiar to them. It is also a fact that people are becoming less familiar with the old-fashioned style of RPGs, where you fight by selecting turn commands. That’s why the battles in Final Fantasy 16 are very action-based."

Continuing further, Yoshida admits that the game won't satisfy everyone's demands, stating, "Of course, I don’t think we’ll be able to satisfy everyone’s demands, so I’ve told everyone on the team that the first thing we need to do is to make something we think is fun, and make sure it reaches the people who like it.”

Final fantasy 16 news and rumors

A character looks over a futuristic hall

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Clive isn't the only playable character
In an interview with Japanese site Game Watch (opens in new tab) (via PlayStation Lifestyle (opens in new tab)), creative director Kazutoyo Maehiro revealed that players will control another character in the early hours of Final Fantasy 16. This will not be Clive, who is the protagonist of the game, and who players will play as for the majority of the runtime.

New artwork revealed at Tokyo Game Show
Square Enix has revealed new artwork for Final Fantasy 16 during the Tokyo Game Show 2022. Featuring a caption that reconfirmed the main plot, this was included in a pamphlet given to TGS attendees, which discussed breaking free from the crystals. It didn't reveal much about the game otherwise, it's just a pamphlet after all, but you can check this artwork out below.

Final Fantasy 16 - Tokyo Game Show 2022 artwork

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Who is directing Final Fantasy 16?
As mentioned, Hiroshi Takai is in charge of directing Final Fantasy 16. He has previously worked on the immensely successful MMOs Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn as well as Final Fantasy 11, the first online Final Fantasy title.

Both of the MMOs do a great job of wonderfully capturing the essence and charm of Final Fantasy and translate it into an online setting well, complete with compelling characters, stories and beautifully designed worlds.

Who is producing the game?
As discussed, Square Enix has set Naoki Yoshida as the game's producer, and he's the one who brought Final Fantasy 14  back from the brink of defeat, turning it into one of Square's most successful games.

Ultimately, this information will either mean a lot to you or very little depending on how much you've played or enjoyed Final Fantasy 11 and A Realm Reborn.

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