Final Fantasy XVI Showcases Combat, Hub, Relationship Chart & More

Today Sony hosted a new State of Play dedicated to the upcoming Square Enix-developed action JRPG Final Fantasy XVI. Many of the game’s previously introduced elements are discussed, including protagonist Clive Rosfield, the UI, and the world. Countless combat sequences are also showcased, involving both Clive himself and the Eikons.

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, the Dominant of Phoenix. However, following tragedy, Clive swears revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit. Players will experience their teens, 20s, and 30s. Pivotal flashbacks will highlight the turning events from his teens, while the game will start in his 20s. Progression is done through the world map, with new areas unlocked as you go through the story. Plus, it can be opened at any time.

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 confident with action games.”

Accessibility accessories can make the game easier for several crowds, such as the Ring of Timely Focus and the Ring of Timely Strikes. Further, the Story-Focused mode does as the tin says.

Only Clive will be controllable, with all party members being solely AI-controlled. Additionally, his wolf companion, Torgal, will provide combative support, with players able to give him direct commands. A menu known as the Grand Cast, shaped like an affinity chart, will inform players of the characters’ relationships via NPC Vivian, the Military Scholar. Eikonic abilities can be upgraded, as well. Cinematic Clashes are another combat element, essentially QuickTime events mid-battle.

At Cid’s Hideway, the hub, Clive can restock on items, craft new gear, upgrade already obtained equipment, and partake in the Training Mode. Countless options are customizable here, with players able to alter various facets for their practice sessions against foes. Hunts, known as Elite Marks, can be tracked and discovered here, similar to Final Fantasy XII. Harpocrates, an NPC, will be a vehicle for the world’s lore, too.

PlayStation Blog has shared new official high-quality screenshots, viewable via our gallery below:

UPDATE 4/14/2023: Square Enix has shared additional screenshots:

UPDATE 4/15/2023: Square Enix has shared high-quality screenshots of the hub, Cid’s Hideaway, viewable via our gallery below:

The official Final Fantasy XVI Twitter account has shared a message from the theme song’s singer, Kenshi Yonezu, and producer Naoki Yoshida:


You can view the full Final Fantasy XVI State of Play in 4K below:

A preview of the game’s theme song, “Moongazing,” sung by Kenshi Yonezu, is viewable below:

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

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