In 2020, the PlayStation event revealed the Final Fantasy XVI. The dev team updated the fans regarding game-like scenario completion or storyline completion, but that was it. The fans expected to get some more news regarding the release date of Final Fantasy XVI, but 2020 passed, and 2021 arrived. 2021 did not bring any news on the release date either. But on December 27, 2021, the game developer and producer Naoki Yoshida, who is producing the new Final Fantasy, released some news for the game. Was it good or bad news? We will discuss everything about the news and what else to expect in this article.
Final Fantasy is a Japanese science-fantasy media franchise. Hironobu Sakaguchi created this famous journey for fans. It started back in 1987 with the first installment simply called Final Fantasy. It received very positive praise and was commercially very successful. The first game was very innovative. It is regarded as the best game of all time. Till now, it has received fifteen standalone numbered sequels. All the games in the franchise are anthologies. The latest numbered sequel called Final Fantasy XV was released in 2016. Other games have received updates like the remake of Final Fantasy VII in 2020 or the fourth expansion pack for Final Fantasy XIV named Endwalker in 2021.
What To Expect from New Final Fantasy?
Final Fantasy games are anthologies. So all games have different lore and stories and have different gameplay. Final Fantasy will not be different in this aspect. During the reveal, the game had some best visual trailers and gameplay. Fans should expect even more during the release of the game with more improved graphics and visuals.
The game will be set in the fantasy world called Valisthea. This world has mountains of crystals called Mothercrystals that have made the life of its inhabitants comfortable. This world has six factions: the Holy Empire of Sanbreque, the Iron Kingdom, the Grand Duchy of Rosaria, the Kingdom of Waloed, the Dhalmekian Republic, and the Crystalline Dominion. The summoned monster called Elkon is a central part of the plot. Dominants are special human beings who can manifest or control Eikon.
The main Cast will be Clive Rosfield and Jill Warrick. The plot will focus on Clive Rosfield, the firstborn child of Archduke of Rosaria, going on a quest for revenge after the tragic event which involved the dark Eikon Ifrit. The younger brother of Clive named Joshua Rosfield is a Dominant who can summon an Eikon called Phoenix and is the heir to the throne of Rosaria. Jill Warrick is Clive and Joshua’s foster sister and confidant. She is noble from the fallen kingdom of Northern Territories. The Protagonist will use the combination of melee-based sword attacks and magic attacks during the fight.
The official Twitter handle of Final Fantasy XVI posted many pieces of stuff related to the game. They released about the details of the main characters, about the world. The Eikons details are also posted.
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When Will Final Fantasy XVI Release?
Fans are eagerly waiting for Final Fantasy XVI’s release news. On December 27, 2021, the producer Naoki Yoshida released a message on the official Twitter handle of Final Fantasy XVI. This message has everything but a release date of the game. The message is directed towards the problem which the staff is facing right now. Yoshida-san wrote that the pandemic had hampered game development. “The staff is six-month behind the schedules on Final Fantasy’s XIV development,” he added.
A message from Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida. #FF16 #FFXVI pic.twitter.com/qtfJUUp6LA
— FINAL FANTASY XVI (@finalfantasyxvi) December 27, 2021
There was a communication hamper with the Tokyo office, which led the outsourcing partner to not deliver the assets or, in extreme case, cancel the deliveries of assets. “Much of 2021 is spent on addressing this problem, and the impact will be seen less during the next year”, he added. He said that next year, the focus would be on refining everything from combat mechanics to graphics assets to putting finishing touches on the cutscenes and many more.
So what is the release date of Final Fantasy XVI? Nothing was said regarding the release date, but in the spring of 2022, the next big reveal for the game will be conducted. If the delay is by six months, fans should expect the release between the last quarter of 2022 to the first quarter of 2023. This is all speculation and nothing more. We will know more during the next reveal.
The game will release on PlayStation 5 and will be a timed Exclusive.