After much anticipation, Square Enix finally unveiled the release date for Final Fantasy 16 (FF16). Set to hit PS5 first on June 22, 2023, this installment in their popular Final Fantasy franchise will officially go on sale to players on that platform as of that day; PC users won't see access until possibly later down the road. Series producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed this announcement with a trailer dedicated to FF16.
The "Revenge" trailer showcases various locations within Valisthea, providing an idea of its vast landscape. Furthermore, multiple clashes between Eikons will be featured and their destructive powers demonstrated; Yoshida previously noted that his game would examine themes related to fate and destiny while exploring conflicts among people with differing values.
Over the last several years, we've witnessed several leaks related to Final Fantasy 16's development, such as an easily datamineable demo which revealed several details about plot and characters. Now, with its latest trailer, players get another opportunity to experience what the game will offer them--and it certainly looks promising!
As evidenced by its trailer, Final Fantasy 16's release date marks a radical departure from previous titles in terms of storyline. Set in Valisthea - blessed by Mothercrystals with an abundance of magical power granted from an aether source by which its inhabitants can conjure magick - its arrival has caused disagreement between four countries: Grand Duchy of Rosaria, Holy Empire of Sanbreque, Kingdom of Waloed and Dhalmekian Republic as an ongoing war threatens chaos on Earth - player will become embroiled in its wartime struggles as an opportunity arisess to bring peace among them all!
The trailer for Final Fantasy XIV shows an action-heavy battle system that stands out from its modern-era counterparts, featuring fast-paced combat that blends party synergy with stylish real-time action, cinematic strikes activated via pressing R3 on controller, and many cinematic strikes activated through pressing R3. A gameplay video from IGN (opens in new tab) provides further insight into this dynamic system; combat will be more active than in other games, giving players more ways to engage in battle through various techniques and options available via R3 button on controller.
Yoshida recently elaborated that combat will be made more approachable for players without much interest in dedicating a lot of time to it. Players will be able to equip accessories that automate some inputs - for instance an accessory will automatically execute active abilities while another slows down incoming attacks to give more time for evasion.
At this year's The Game Awards, which will air live on December 8th, FF16's release date will officially be revealed formally for the first time since Yoshida unveiled its launch window back in April 2022. Additionally, this ceremony will host Dead Island 2 Re-reveals as well as Metal Gear Solid 3 remake announcements.