Final Fantasy 16 (XVI) was announced on September 16 as a PlayStation 5 exclusive. The RPG is the next mainline title in the long and storied Final Fantasy series – in every entry, developer at Square Enix completely changes the setting, characters, and how the game plays, which is no different here. As far as we know, FF16 will be a single-player experience, but no release date has been shared.
After its reveal trailer was released, Square Enix launched a new teaser website, confirming character names, the story and the location the game will take place in.
In the trailer, we meet three main characters, who we now know are Clive (the main protagonist), Joshua (Clive's younger brother), and Jill, a family friend close to the two brothers.
The world where the game takes place is called Valisthea, and it's a land which seems to be rife with political turmoil and uneasy peace deals.
This more medieval-infused setting definitely harkens back to the series' roots. Recent Final Fantasy games have opted for a more modern or sci-fi setting – so it's a refreshing departure to see Square Enix go in a different direction with Final Fantasy 16. The combat, though, looks more real-time, similarly to how Final Fantasy 15 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake played, as opposed to turn-based combat from the older games.
Here's everything we know about Final Fantasy 16 so far.
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Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next mainline single-player Final Fantasy title
- Where can I play it? At the moment, there is no release date
- Which console is it on? Final Fantasy 16 will be a PS5 exclusive
Final Fantasy 16 release date: what do we know?
At the moment, there is no fixed Final Fantasy 16 release date. We wouldn't expect to see it until 2022 at the earliest, however.
That said, the game's first reveal trailer was surprisingly polished – it showed cutscenes and battles running in real-time, which producer Naoki Yoshida says "represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this."
Director Hiroshi Takai suggests a long wait is in store, however. "And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands."
Everyone remembers the horrifically long wait for Final Fantasy 15 – it was revealed in 2006 as a completely different game before development was rebooted ahead of a 2016 release date. Don't expect that this time – Yoshida is something of an organisational mastermind. He's the brains behind Final Fantasy 14's A Realm Reborn reinvention – an extraordinary turnaround, and evidence that FF16 is in safe hands, certainly in terms of scheduling and story.
Yoshida says there will be a big update regarding the game in 2021, so expecting it later than that makes sense.
Clive (left), Joshua (middle) and Jill Warrick (right)
Concept art of the world of Valisthea
New key art has been released with the launch of a teaser website
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Clive Rosfield is the main playable character.
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It has been revealed the this is an older version of Clive Rosfield
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Ifrit the Eikon (or, summon) appears in the trailer.
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The Eikon, Pheonix, is held within Joshua
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The main logo for Final Fantasy 16, illustrated by the legendary Yoshitaka Amano.
Final Fantasy 16 trailers
Final Fantasy 16 has had just one trailer so far – and can watch it below.
It's a surprisingly great teaser for the game. It isn't just some cinematics and ambiguous hints at what to come – we get a healthy does 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 news and more information
Square Enix launches a new teaser website
At the moment, the website is showing off new art, characters, lots of backstory and more details about the world of Valisthea.
We've now been introduced to three main characters for Final Fantasy 16; Clive, the main protagonist of the game, his brother Joshua and their family friend Jill.
As well as the teaser website, producer of the game Naoki Yoshida has shared a detailed blog post containing new information on the PlayStation Blog.
In the post, Yoshida talks about the world, which is called Valisthea, the main character Clive and the role that Eikons and Dominants have in the game.
The PlayStation blog confirms that the young knight and the tattooed man in the “Awakening” trailer are one and the same. His name is Clive Rosfield, and he’s the main protagonist of Final Fantasy 16.
It seems likely the game might be split into two parts, the first focusing on a young Clive as he protects Joshua and then, over the course of the story (at least, from the trailer) we see Clive is some form of mercenary going into war against a Dominant, which could be Shiva or Titan.
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.
Final Fantasy 16 characters and story
Clive, Joshua and Jill
Clive Rosfield is the main protagonist of the game. 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 upon him, 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, the young boy from the trailer, is Clive’s little brother.
The PlayStation blog explains that he is also 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." Giving us a little bit of information about the world and how they view Dominants and Eikons.
Finally, Jill Warrick is the young girl we first met in the 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.
This is just our speculation, but we think it's pretty obvious from the trailer that Jill is also a Dominant, but this might be a secret to others in the game. In terms of which Dominant, we think from the trailer that she holds Shiva, the power of Ice, due to some visual similarities. We could be completely wrong, but it's always fun to guess!
What are Eikons and Dominants?
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." Again, giving further information as to how Dominants are seen throughout the world.
Introducing the heroes of Final Fantasy XVI: Clive, Joshua, and Jill. First details: https://t.co/xmJ2lEUwND pic.twitter.com/fZx65X0b1POctober 29, 2020
Final Fantasy 16 location and setting
Velisthea and the light of the Mothercrystals
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 from the trailer and this new information that the emergence of something called a "Blight", which is spreading across the land, is making these different powers desperate, which is probably where we will begin the game; in the midst of this turbulent time.