New Final Fantasy XVI Trailer Emphasizes Nations & Awakening; New Renders, Screenshots & Staff Comments

Square Enix has shared a new trailer for their upcoming action-adventure, Final Fantasy XVI. The story is emphasized throughout this new video, with the various nations and human avatars of Eikons showcased.

Messages from Producer Naoki Yoshida & Director Hiroshi Takai were shared, viewable below:

Producer Naoki Yoshida also stated the following:

“I’m happy to announce that our newest trailer—Ambition—is now live. Rather than focusing on action as we did in our last reveal, this time we wanted to give the world a more in-depth look at Final Fantasy XVI‘s lore and its rich cast of characters—with the Dominants front and center.”

Director Hiroshi Takai also stated the following:

As the game edges closer to completion, the team has turned its full attention to debugging and final adjustments. Now that things are starting to come together, the game is sizing up to be something truly special.”

Two new characters, Barnabas Tharmr and Dion Lesage, have been introduced with their renders and profiles viewable below via PlayStation Blog:

Official screenshots were shared, viewable via our gallery below:

You can view the new Final Fantasy XVI 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.

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 releasing for PlayStation 5 in Summer 2023.


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