08 Nov 2021 7:15 PM +00:00 UTC

Final Fantasy 16 Release Date, Trailer, Story, Characters, Gameplay & Everything We Know So Far

Final Fantasy 16 is the next RPG in Square Enix's mainline of its beloved series, and fans are excited to know the important details, including is release dates for PlayStation 5 and PC. The highly-anticipated RPG was announced during a Sony livestream showing off upcoming PS5 games, and a trailer also premiered to give us our first look at Final Fantasy 16.

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While fans will have to wait a while before Final Fantasy 16 comes out for PlayStation 5 or PC, Square Enix has already shared some interesting details about the game's story, characters, and gameplay elements.

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Here's everything you need to know about Final Fantasy 16.

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Final Fantasy 16 trailer: What does it reveal about the upcoming RPG?

During Sony's September 2020 PS5 showcase, a Final Fantasy 16 trailer titled Awakening premiered, revealing a medieval fantasy world full of magic and Final Fantasy Summons known as "Eikons". The trailer reveals that FF16 will feature political intrigue with Soulslike combat. Various district kingdoms are engaged in war to these Eikons, which include, Phoenix, Shiva, and Titan. There's a scene featuring Shivan going against Titan.

The trailer also introduced a princely young boy named Joshua, who's described to be a "Dominant", blessed with magical powers linked to the Eikon Phoenix. While the first trailer hints at two different playable protagonists, a PS Blog post confirms they're actually the same character at different years. This is similar to Final Fantasy XV, which let players step play as Prince Noctis as both a young bachelor and a middle-aged monarch.

During the Tokyo Game Show in September 2020, producer Naoki "Yoshi-P" Yoshida explained in an interview that the entire trailer features in-game scenes rather than pre-rendered footage.

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Naoki Yoshida, aka Yoshi-P, Final Fantasy 16 producer
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According to the English translation by @AitaKimochi, here's what Yoshida said about the new trailer: "I saw some comments from Americans saying that if we [released a trailer that was all pre-rendered], they wouldn't see the game until 2035 … So we decided to release a proper trailer."

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Final Fantasy XVI clearly deviates from the sci-fi themes featured in recent Final Fantasy titles, bringing us back to its medieval fantasy roots.

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Final Fantasy 16 release date: When will it come out for the PS5 and PC?

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Square Enix and Sony haven't announced an official release date for Final Fantasy 16 yet, but in an official press release, producer Yoshida confirmed that "the next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021".

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In an episode of the Triple Click podcast, industry insider Jason Schreier reported that FF16 has been in development for four years, and that it might be released sooner than expected. It's likely that early 2022 is the soonest possible release date for FF16. However, given how long it took for FF15 to come out since the day it was announced, it could take longer than that.

A Square Enix recruitment page traslated by Gematsu in October 2020 suggests that FF16 might be released before the end of 2021.

"We have already completed basic development and scenario production, and are continuing to create large-scale resources and build boss battles while expanding our various development tools," the translation reads. "Also, most of our staff are carrying out their work remotely."

According to Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida, the development team is doing their best to deliver a completed product. As translated by @aikakimochi, Yoshida said that both Final Fantasy XVI and the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker expansion will be completed with the utmost care, assuring that they will be as bug-free as possible.

In October 2021, Yoshida also shared an update during the Tokyo Game Show, revealing that Final Fantasy 16's main design is complete, and the development team is already finalizing the remaining side quests.

Final Fantasy 16 Story: What is this RPG about?

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Final Fantasy 16 is set in a world called Valisthea where the Mothercrystals bless people with Aether, which allows them to cast Magicks. Over the years, district kingdoms developed: The Grand Duchy, The Holy Empire of Sanbreque, The Kingdom of Waloed, The Dhalmekian Republic, The Iron Kingdom, and The Crystalline Dominion. As Blight pervades the land, tensions rise and a war ignites.

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The familiar magical summons known as Eikons play an important role in the story of FF16. Each of them resides in a Dominant, someone who's blessed with the ability to wield their Eikon's power. The teaser from the game's official website reads: "In some nations these Dominants are treated as royalty in admiration of this strength — in others they are bound in fear of it, and forced to serve as weapons of war".

Final Fantasy 16 Characters: Who are the heroes and villains?

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The name of Final Fantasy 16's protagonist is Clive Rosfield, the older brother of Joshua Rosfield. Clive trains in "mastering the blade" after the Phoenix didn't choose him as a Dominant. At 15-years-old, Clive wins a tournament and is tasked with protecting his brother as the "First Shield of Rosaria".

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Joshua is a Dominant who can summon their nation's related Eikon, Phoenix. According to the character bios, there's a tragedy that happens between the Rosfield brothers involving Ifrit that causes Clive to start on a "dangerous road to revenge", but

Joshua is a Dominant, so he can summon his nation's related Eikon, Phoenix. The character bios hint at a tragedy that happens between the Rosfield brothers involving Ifrit that causes Clive to start on a "dangerous road to revenge", so it's likely that this tragedy will set the story in motion from the beginning of the game.

The trailer doesn't reveal the tragedy that Clive experiences, but we know that it has something to do with Ifrit. In the later timeline, he is empowered by the earth Eikon Titan, and it seemingly part of the Dhalmekian Republic's army as they attack an army linked to the Eikon Shiva.

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Both Rosfield brothers are close friends with Jill Warrick, a ward from the Northern Territories, but was raised alongside them. As a childhood friend, she has become a trusted confidant to the brothers. It's likely that she is the Dominant of Shiva since the opening of the trailer shows one of the assailants mentioning that Shiva's Dominant is the target. Clive then touches his face as if he recognizes the Dominant and reacts emotionally to this.

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In the later timeline, Clive is empowered by the earth Eikon Titan and is seemingly part of the Dhalmekian Republic's army as they attack an army connected to the Eikon Shiva. It's unclear which nation that is based on redacted names on the teaser website, but it's probably either the Holy Empire of Sanbreque or the Kingdom of Waloed.

Final Fantasy 16 Gameplay: What type of game is FF16?

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In May 2020, a sketchy leak from 4chan hinted that FF16 will draw some inspiration from Dark Souls and combines that kind of gameplay with the combat elements of FF15. If the first trailer is any indication, then that's pretty accurate. Compared to FF15, the combat looks more fluid, making it look more like a story-forward action game than a traditional Final Fantasy.

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According to an early October 2020 Famitsu issue translated by @aitakimochi, "the protagonist can do a Shift Warp as well as use Summons attacks in his moves." So the combat will be a mix of martial arts and magically-enhanced moves.

In February 2019, producer Naoki Yoshida said this during an interview: "I'd like to see a Final Fantasy that is straightforward fantasy, one that doesn't have much machinery, and with no mecha in it." It's a funny way to say "this is the kind of Final Fantasy game I'm currently developing," but that's more or less what he was saying.

It looks like the game will feature high-fantasy elements instead of the more sci-fi aspects we've seen in Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy XV.

Final Fantasy 16 is currently in development. We will update this page with more details as fresher details come, so be sure to bookmark this page and follow our Final Fantasy Rocks My World Facebook page for the latest updates.