The time has come for Game of Thrones to collide with Devil May Cry and a classic Godzilla-style Kaiju showdown. For the first time since September 2020, a brand new trailer for Final Fantasy XVI was shown at Sony's latest State of Play digital event, with the news that the game will come only to PlayStation 5 in the summer of 2023.
According to game producer Naoki Yoshida on the PlayStation blog, the trailer is named "Dominance" and focuses on two aspects. Firstly, is a brief showcase of the high-octane one-on-one fights that protagonist Clive Rosfield must endure against this world's equivalent of the classic Summoned creatures - Eikons. To even the odds against the might of demigods, Clive himself will be able to utilise the Eikons' own powers as part of his arsenal. Secondly, it introduces additional Eikons to this landscape-warping brawl: Bahamut, Odin, Ramuh and Garuda - the latter of whom has until now only been a summon in the MMORPG entries in the series.
Yoshi-P continues to emphasise that he is apologetic for the lack of updates. The game is in a state where it is actually playable from beginning to finish, though the additional year until the game is ready for release will be dedicated to all manners of polish and optimisation. The game has entered the final stages of development and is proceeding apace in spite of the challenges brought upon by the global pandemic.
Here is some quick lore to whet appetites:
Introduction of the Dominants of Titan and Garuda
We here on the Final Fantasy XVI team hope you enjoyed the trailer and we wanted to give our fans a little bit more information about the Dominants of Titan and Garuda that you just saw.
Permanent Economic Adviser Hugo Kupka’s meteoric rise to prominence was sudden, if not unexpected. 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. It was here he used his newfound position as the most powerful man in the republic to exert influence over both the nation’s armies and its policy making—amassing a personal fortune in the process. Yet while it is said that a man who has everything wants for nothing, Benedikta Harman will teach him money and power are far from all the world has to offer.
Having emerged from the storm of youth coldhearted and ruthless, Benedikta Harman—Dominant of the Eikon Garuda, Warden of the Wind—turned her talent for swordplay and subterfuge into a command of Waloed’s elite intelligencers. It is on a mission to find the elusive second Eikon of Fire that she crosses paths with a like-minded Clive and is forced to face her past.
In addition, here is a list of some key figures of the Final Fantasy XVI development team:
|Main Director||Hiroshi Takai|
|Creative Director & Original Screenplay||Kazutoyo Maehiro|
|Localization Director||Michael-Christopher Koji Fox|
|Art Director||Hiroshi Minagawa|
|Combat Director||Ryota Suzuki|
|Character Design||Kazuya Takahashi|