Final Fantasy 16 trailer introduces a monstrous cast

Final Fantasy 16
(Image credit: Square Enix)

It’s been nearly two years since Final Fantasy 16’s reveal trailer, and since then, Square Enix has kept very quiet on the details of the new game’s world, battle system, and, well, everything really.

In the new trailer for Final Fantasy 16, we get a good look at a few of the RPG’s Eikons – summoned monsters that can fight alongside you, or against you – and how they feature in the game’s action-focused battle system.

See it all in action in the new trailer below:

There’s a supporting blog post for the trailer on Sony’s blog, and it gives a little context to what you see in the video. 

In Final Fantasy 16, Eikons will play a big part in the story. These summoned creatures will feature in combat but, naturally, also impact the world of Valisthea, where the action takes place. 

The Eikons revealed in the trailer are Phoenix, Titan, Garuda, Ramuh, Shiva, Odin, Bahamut, and Ifrit. Each of them is a powerful creature that has a suite of different abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

In the blog post, Final Fantasy 16’s developers 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 the will of the people. 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”.

Also on show in the trailer is an extremely active battle system. I’ll confess I’m not a keen Final Fantasy player, so in my mind, they're still largely turn-based games (I know that’s not been the case for a while), but even I was surprised by how freeform the battles on show in the trailer appeared to be. It will be interesting to see Square Enix reveal more of how combat in Final Fantasy 16 will work.

However, we’ll have a while to wait to get our hands on the game, as Final Fantasy 16 won’t be out until summer 2023.

Julian Benson
Contributor, TechRadar Gaming

Julian's been writing about video games for more than a decade. In that time, he's always been drawn to the strange intersections between gaming and the real world, like when he interviewed a NASA scientist who had become a Space Pope in EVE Online,  or when he traveled to Ukraine to interview game developers involved in the 2014 revolution, or that time he tore his trousers while playing Just Dance with a developer.