Final Fantasy XVI Launching June 2023; New Trailer, Characters, Gameplay Info, Pre-Orders Available

During The Game Awards 2022, Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for the highly anticipated action JRPG Final Fantasy XVI, which also finally revealed the game’s release date, June 22, 2023. Pre-orders are available today.

A new character was introduced, Cidolfus Telamon. His profile is translated below. Thanks to our team’s Ryuji:

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Cidolfus, also known as Cid, is a soldier-turned-outlaw who strives to protect persecuted bearers and dominants at the mercy of the government, advocating the realization of a “place where anyone can die on their own terms”. He is also active in many other areas, such as researching the looming threat that is undermining the continent.

Cid also became the Dominant of the Eikon Ramuh, shortly after awakening on the shores of Valisthea. When rising the ranks of the Royal Waloeder Army, he would eventually encounter Benedikta Harman. Lastly, as his namesake would suggest, he is a man of science, researching how one can live in the deadlands.


Jill Warrick shared two renders and a character profile, viewable below:

As a child, she was sent by the northern tribes to Rosalia as a sign of peace and was sent to live with the Rosfields. She grew up with Clive and Joshua, and they became like brother and sister. She was a kind-hearted girl who cared for the two of them, and was a good friend to them. However, due to a strange fate, she eventually awakened as Shiva’s Dominant.

Torgal received two renders and a profile, viewable below:

Torgal is a wolf from the northern part of the continent. He was raised in the Rosfield household after Clive and Joshua’s father, Archduke Elwin, brought him home after he was found to be separated from his pack during an expedition to the north. Torgal survived a terrible tragedy in his childhood and was eventually reunited with Clive, who became his trustworthy companion on his arduous journey.

New screenshots were shared from the official Japanese website, viewable below:

In the ability tree, when you press L3, you automatically upgrade slots, likely depending on recommendations. The touchpad will reset all ability points. R3 states ability protection. Right-stick allows for zooming. Triangle enables greater detailed analysis.

Torgal is Clive’s animal buddy and can attack enemies, restore Clive’s health and do supportive actions. It’s implied that you can control Torgal, but this is not yet confirmed.

Various party members will join Clive throughout the game, and the ones with you will change as you progress. Plus, they are all AI-controlled.

Square Enix North America shared new screenshots, viewable via our gallery below:

The following screenshots originate from PlayStation Blog’s English version:

Moreover, several members of the English cast were announced, listed below:

  • Clive Rosfield – Ben Starr
  • Joshua Rosfield – Logan Hannan
  • Jill Warrick (youth) – Charlotte McBurney
  • Jill Warrick (adult) – Susannah Fielding
  • Cidolfus Telamon – Ralph Ineson
  • Benedikta Harman – Nina Yndis
  • Hugo Kupka – Alex Lanipekun
  • Dion Lesage – Stewart Clarke
  • Barnabas Tharmr – David Menkin

Members of the Japanese voice cast were also confirmed, listed below:

  • Clive Rosfield (adult) – Yuya Uchida
  • Clive Rosfield (youth) – Yuma Uchida
  • Joshua Rosfield – Natsumi Fujiwara
  • Jill Warrick – Megumi Han
  • Cidolfus Telamon – Hiroshi Shirokuma
  • Benedikta Harman – Akari Higuchi
  • Hugo Kupka – Yasuhiro Mamiya
  • Dion Lesage – Yuichi Nakamura
  • Barnabas Tharmr – Gotaro Tsunashima

The Japanese website listed several editions, all detailed below with accompanying images:

Collector’s Edition
Price: ¥38,500

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  • (PS5) Physical copy of the game
  • Figure: Phoenix VS Ifrit
  • Summoner’s Relief Metal Pin Collection
  • Steelbook Case
  • World Map Cloth
  • (Digital Bonus) Blood Sword

Deluxe Edition
Price: ¥12,100

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  • (PS5) Physical copy of the game
  • Steelbook Case
  • World Map Cloth

Digital Deluxe Edition
Price: ¥12,100

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  • (PS5) Digital copy of the game
  • Digital Mini Soundtrack
  • Digital Mini Art Book

Regular Edition (Physical/Digital)
Price: ¥9,900

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Moreover, several bonuses were listed, translated below:

[Collector’s Edition Special Bonus]

  • Digital Mini Art Book
  • Digital Mini Soundtrack
  • In-Game Item: Scholar’s Spectacles

[Pre-Purchase Bonuses: Physical Copy / Deluxe Edition Physical]

  • In-Game Item: Braveheart
  • In-Game Item: Cait Sith’s Lucky Charm (Accessory)

[Pre-Purchase Bonuses: Digital Version / Digital Deluxe Edition]

  • In-Game Item: Scholar’s Spectacles – Increases Obtained Experience
  • In-Game Item: Braveheart
  • In-Game Item: Cait Sith’s Lucky Charm (Accessory) – Increases Obtained Gil

Information regarding the official Western editions is quoted below:

FINAL FANTASY XVI Collector’s Edition for PlayStation 5 (Pre-Orders start on the Square Enix North American Store on December 12 at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT)

Square Enix Europe Store pre-orders are already live.

  • Collector’s Box – A beautiful metallic-sheen box featuring impressive artwork by legendary FINAL FANTASY series illustrator, Yoshitaka Amano
  • FINAL FANTASY XVI Game – Base game package, including reversible cover art
  • Premium Statue – Phoenix vs Ifrit – A premium statue depicting a battle between two eikons – Phoenix and Ifrit
  • Metal Eikon Pin Collection – A premium metal pin collection featuring eight Eikons
  • Special Clive Rosfield SteelBook Case – A SteelBook case featuring artwork of Clive Rosfield, the protagonist
  • Cloth World Map of Valisthea – A cloth map of Valisthea where the story unfolds
  • Blood Sword (Weapon) DLC – The fabled scarlet steel of Firion, hero of FINAL FANTASY II.

The FINAL FANTASY XVI Collector’s Edition will be available for pre-order exclusively on the Square Enix Store, and will also come with the following bonus items: FINAL FANTASY XVI Pre-Order SteelBook, Digital Mini Artbook, Digital Mini Soundtrack, and Scholar’s Spectacles (Exp Boost Accessory) DLC.

FINAL FANTASY XVI Deluxe Edition: 

  • Base game package, including reversible cover art
  • Cloth World Map of Valisthea
  • Special Clive Rosfield SteelBook Case

FINAL FANTASY XVI Digital Deluxe Edition: 

  • Base Game
  • Digital Mini Artbook
  • Digital Mini Soundtrack

Players can pre-order the physical Standard and Deluxe Edition versions of FINAL FANTASY XVI from participating retailers. The following North American retailers are offering bonus incentives:

  • SQUARE ENIX Store – The Realms of Valisthea Wall Banners (6” height printed cloth banners)
  • GameStop – The Realms of Valisthea Patches (2.5” height printed cloth patches)
  • BestBuy – FINAL FANTASY XVI Pre-Order SteelBook (Base & Deluxe)

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Digital pre-orders for the Standard and Deluxe Editions are available on the PlayStation Store and come with the Scholar’s Spectacles (Exp Boost Accessory) DLC as a pre-order bonus.

The game’s western standard and deluxe box illustrations were unveiled, viewable below:

You can view the official trailer below:

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.”

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