Final Fantasy XVI Currently in The Process of Going Gold

In Famitsu’s compilation article housing end-of-the-year comments from numerous developers, Director Hiroshi Takai shared the following statement, revealing that Final Fantasy XVI is currently in the process of going gold, meaning that development is nearing completion.

“Final Fantasy XVI, which is currently on its way to “going gold,” will finally be released next year. We hope that as many people as possible around the world will play and enjoy this newest entry in the franchise.”

While this news is expected, given the game’s confirmed June 2023 launch, it’s neat to hear that reality so matter-of-factly stated. Thanks to our team’s Ryuji for translating this statement.

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Final Fantasy XVI is set to be a more action-heavy entry than its predecessors, with a Devil May Cry V designer even taking the helm. Throughout the title, players will control the protagonist Clive, as he confronts various Dominants, humans who have been cursed with the power to become Eikons.

Clive is the “First Shield of Rosaria,” sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, who’s the Dominant of Phoenix. However, following tragedy, Clive swears revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit.

The producer, Naoki Yoshida, describes this game as akin to his experience with the first Final Fantasy, as “playing the lead in an epic motion picture.” The reasoning for this title’s action-oriented approach and more classical fantasy setting was to “appeal to as wide a range of gamers as possible.” Moreover, “there will be a “comprehensive support system in place for players who aren’t too confident with action games.”

Final Fantasy XVI is launching exclusively for PlayStation 5 on June 22, 2023.

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