UPDATE: New Final Fantasy XVI Art Surfaces via Japan Newspaper Ad

Twitter user @Aki_Mizuochi has shared new Final Fantasy XVI artwork originating from an advertisement in Japanese newspapers. This illustration depicts protagonist Clive alongside Jill Warrick. Further, both characters are in their post-time-skip appearances.

Perhaps we’ll officially receive a clean version of this online in the near future. Regardless, you can view this new artwork below, stating, “Happy New Year.”


UPDATE: The official Final Fantasy XVI Japan Twitter account shared a high-quality version of this illustration soon after this article was initially published:


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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