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Will Final Fantasy 16 be revealed soon? Mystery Twitter page sparks rumor

Published: 31/Aug/2020 23:04

by Brent Koepp

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A cryptic Twitter account has sparked rumors that Final Fantasy 16 might be announced soon. Could the mysterious social media page hint at Square Enix revealing the role-playing game in the near future?

Developer Square Enix returned to its roots in 2020 with the release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake in April. The RPG was praised for its gorgeous re-creation of Midgar, and its re-imagining of popular characters such as Cloud Strife and Aerith.

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Despite its success, fans have been wondering when the next game in the mainline series will be revealed – after all 15 came out in 2016. However on August 31, a Twitter account was discovered that could hint at an announcement being imminent.

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Final Fantasy 15 came out in 2016.

Could Square Enix reveal Final Fantasy 16 soon?

Final Fantasy 15 released over three years ago, after being in development for close to a decade. The popular RPG focused on Prince Noctis and his best friends as they took a road trip across the world of Eos.

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While FF7 Remake was a massive hit with critics and fans, the Japanese developer has said very little about the 16th entry into its long-running series. However on August 31, social media users discovered a Twitter account that could hint at Square’s next project.

A page called ‘FF16_JP’ was created in August. When fans tried to reset the password of the account, the email associated with it appears to be tied to a company with the same amount of letters as Square Enix itself.

Before getting too excited, we should point out that this can be faked. In June, a trickster fooled many players into thinking Microsoft was preparing to announce a new Perfect Dark after creating a fake Twitter account.

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The Final Fantasy franchise returned to Midgar in 2020.

When resetting a password on an account, it only shows you the number of letters. So a prankster could easily register something that begins with S (for Square) and then have a bunch of random numbers that match up with the rest.

Games have been leaked early in the past due to social media accounts being found, and fans resetting the password. In fact, Riot Games hit FPS Valorant was leaked before its name was even known after people found its Twitter page.

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Valorant was leaked ahead of its announcement due to fans finding the Twitter account early.

It goes without saying, but take this rumor with a major grain of salt. While it’s interesting that the account was found, a trickster can easily fake it.

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Still, it’s also been over three years since FF15 came out, and the developer has already announce FF7 Remake 2 is in production. So fans can only hope they’ll get some sort of tidbit soon.

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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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