Final Fantasy XVI Demo Now Available; New Screenshots Revealed

Square Enix has announced that the free Final Fantasy XVI demo is now available via PlayStation Network. Players can experience the opening hours of the game and be able to carry over their progress to the full release once it has launched.

Further, once players complete the prologue section of the demo, the “Eikonic Challenge” mode is unlocked, comprising new combat encounters with additional Eikonic abilities. However, nothing from the Eikonic Challenge mode can be carried over to the full release.

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 a certain 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.”

In case you missed it, check out our preview.

You can download the official Final Fantasy XVI demo now via PSN.

Square Enix has also unveiled new English screenshots for Final Fantasy XVI, viewable via our gallery below:

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

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