Final Fantasy XVI Producer Says PC Players Should Consider SSD “A Must” for the Port

Final Fantasy XVI Producer Says PC Players Should Consider SSD “A Must” for the Port

Square Enix and Creative Business Unit III have stealth-launched the first of two DLC packs for Final Fantasy XVI, Echoes of the Fallen. Costing $9.99 standalone, fans can alternatively purchase the Expansion Pass bundle also containing The Rising Tide DLC, for $24.99.

Following this collective announcement, Famitsu interviewed select staff from the game, including producer Naoki Yoshida and DLC director Takeo Kujiraoka. The upcoming PC port was also discussed.

Yoshida stated that an SSD is highly recommended due to the game’s performance, to the extent that it seems necessary to run the game optimally as opposed to an HDD.

You can view a translation of this exchange below via our team’s Ryuji:

Interviewer: I’m sure many people are looking forward to the PC version, but what kind of PC requirements should we prepare for?

Yoshida: We will announce the details in due course. Even if we do our best to adjust the GPU requirements, hard drives will be tough to run the game on because loading speed is of the essence when it comes to Final Fantasy XVI. Of course, we will do our best to optimize as much as possible, but we can’t do anything about the hardware barrier on our own. For now, consider an SSD a must. We will announce the exact recommended specs at another time.

You can view the full Famitsu interview for additional comments.

The Echoes of the Fallen DLC content “unlocks a whole new story, battles, weapons, accessories, level cap, and more. For players who have completed the required quests, this new adventure begins before the base game’s final battle, as strange, dark crystals begin to circulate on the black market. Players will follow Clive and his friends during their investigations as they encounter a group of suspicious traders, leading them to a long-abandoned Fallen tower known as the Sagespire. There, they will unravel the terrible secrets that await within.”

Final Fantasy XVI is 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.”

Final Fantasy XVI is available on PlayStation 5.

The Rising Tide DLC is planned to launch in Spring 2024.

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