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Everything we know about Final Fantasy 16, release date, setting, and more

Published: 17/Sep/2020 14:07

by James Busby


Final Fantasy XVI is one of the most eagerly-anticipated next-gen games and while we had heard rumors about its development, the new trailer has finally given us a good look at what players can expect when the game releases.

The PS5 showcase revealed a bunch of upcoming next-gen titles, but one of the most exciting announcements was that of Final Fantasy XVI. Square Enix surprised everyone when they dropped their trailer for the sixteenth title, giving PlayStation fans a glimpse of what they can expect to see. 


Not only does Square Enix’s upcoming fantasy title look incredibly dark, its recent teaser trailer has also left many fans with a lot of questions. While information surrounding Final Fantasy XVI may be scarce, we’ve rounded up all the information we currently know.

Final Fantasy XVI release date

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News on the release date remains scarce.

As of writing, Square Enix has yet to make an official announcement on the game’s release date. However, a recent press release has stated that fans can expect a reveal in 2021. Of course, even with this scheduled reveal, the Final Fantasy series is known to take years during development.


Let’s just hope that Final Fantasy XVI doesn’t get caught in a 10-year development nightmare and receive the same setbacks as its controversial predecessor.  

Director Hiroshi Takai stated: “I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied FINAL FANTASY franchise. And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However, I promise it will be worth the wait!”

What platforms will Final Fantasy XVI be available on?

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There has been some confusion on which platforms FF16 will release on.

Despite the initial trailer indicating that of a PC release, Square Enix has now stated that Final Fantasy 16 will be exclusive to PS5 systems. Unfortunately, it looks like PC players and those who will be purchasing an Xbox Series X/S will have to wait until further news is announced. 


While both Xbox and PC fans may rightfully feel a little gloomy, it’s important to remember that there have been a number of Square Enix published games that have eventually made their way to these platforms –  after all, Nier Automata famously launched a whole year later on the Xbox One.

For now, though, it looks as though Final Fantasy 16 will remain on PS5.

Final Fantasy XVI setting and combat

The footage shown at the PS5 showcase was captured on PC and gave fans a juicy look at the game’s cast of characters, moody environments, and flashy combat system. Judging from the trailer, it looks as though Final Fantasy XVI is set to return to its medieval roots. In fact, it appears the futuristic tech last seen in Final Fantasy XV is completely missing. 


While the monolithic mechs and gas-guzzling airships may be gone, it does seem the action-based real-time battle system will be returning. Quite whether it will share the exact same mechanics of Final Fantasy XV remains to be seen. However, the combat does showcase some rather scintillating swordplay combos, deadly aerial attacks, warp-based dashes, and devastating magical attacks.

We even get a glimpse of some of the series’ iconic summons (Titan, Phoenix, Ifrit, and Shiva), suggesting that we’ll be able to use them to smite our enemies. There aren’t many story details to discuss, but it does look as though our main protagonist has been sworn with protecting a young prince. Of course, in true Final Fantasy fashion, this task is thwarted and our quest will likely revolve around rescuing his highness. 

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Summons will likely play a big part in FF16.

If it’s anything like previous games, we can expect to see plenty of political intrigue, internal struggles, fiendish backstabbing, and high-octane boss fights.

In his recent press release, Producer Naoki Yoshida gave the following message to fans: “I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for FINAL FANTASY XVI, but for FINAL FANTASY XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!”

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Final Fantasy 16 revealed as PS5 console exclusive

Published: 16/Sep/2020 21:22 Updated: 16/Sep/2020 22:17

by Brent Koepp


In a surprise announcement, Square Enix revealed Final Fantasy 16 at the PlayStation 5 showcase. The next installment of the RPG series will be exclusive to the PS5 on console, and is also coming to PC.

Despite the FF7 remake releasing in 2019, many fans wondered when the RPG would get its next installment in the mainline series following 15’s release four years prior.


On September 16, developer Square Enix shocked fans when they announced Final Fantasy XVI during the PS5 showcase. The future title will only be coming to the PlayStation console and PC – not Xbox Series X or Nintendo Switch.

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The next installment in the Final Fantasy franchise is coming.

Final Fantasy 16 revealed as PS5 console exclusive

While many may have expected it would be years until fans got their first glimpse at Final Fantasy XVI, the Japanese developer surprised fans with a lengthy trailer during Sony’s PS5 reveal digital conference.


The “Awakening” trailer was captured on PC for the event, and showcased the RPG’s upcoming story and cast of characters. Excitingly, the RPG has a “fantasy” Witcher-like vibe to it.

Although the series has always been rooted in the fantasy genre, in recent years the franchise is moved towards a more modern setting, making this a return to its origins.

In a press release Square Enix explained: ” The legacy of the crystals has shaped our history for long enough… FINAL FANTASY XVI is the next all-new standalone single player action RPG from Square Enix, coming to PlayStation 5.”


At the time of writing, the game hasn’t been given a release window, and the RPG developer has a history of taking years before finally getting a project out. However the reveal trailer surprisingly showed a lot, so it’s anyone’s guess as to how far along in development it actually is.

The upcoming PS5 title will be franchises first mainline release since 15 in 2016. The RPG is exclusive to PC and PlayStation. More details are set to be revealed in 2021.