Final Fantasy XVI Shares New Pixel Art Animation & 8-Bit Arrangement

During the Final Fantasy XIV New Year Mahjong tournament broadcasted on the Japanese video-sharing website NicoNico, the Creative Director for the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI, Kazutoyo Maehiro, shared a pixel animation celebrating the game.

Depicting protagonist Clive Rosfield alongside his reliable pet Torgal post-timeskip, the two run across a field with Sanbreque’s capital city, Oriflamme, prominently displayed in the background.

Further, an 8-bit arrangement of the track that played during the Final Fantasy XVI Revenge Trailer is also featured, with composer Soken announcing it as his first piece for the year, though it was primarily meant to let off steam.

You can view a clip showcasing this new pixel art animation 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.”

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

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