(Updated) New Final Fantasy 16 Trailer Shows Off Story Details

A new Final Fantasy 16 trailer appears to be on the way, and it looks like it'll showcase the game's epic story and the role the series' iconic crystals will play in that story.

Published: October 20, 2022 8:03 AM /


Clive, the protagonist of Final Fantasy 16, looking moody

Update October 20th 10:04AM: The new Final Fantasy 16 trailer has arrived. It's called "Ambition", and it does indeed reveal more about Final Fantasy 16's various kingdoms, the circumstances of its story, and the background of some of the characters. You can check out the new trailer right here. Original story follows below.

Original story: Details of a new Final Fantasy 16 trailer appear to have leaked, and it sounds like the trailer will give us a more in-depth look into the story and what role Final Fantasy's iconic crystals will play in that story. We don't yet know when the trailer is set to officially drop, though.

This news comes to us via IGN SEA, who broke a story about a new Final Fantasy 16 trailer earlier today. Here's the thing, though: there is no new Final Fantasy 16 trailer, at least not yet. According to IGN, the trailer will break down Final Fantasy 16's kingdoms, their "Eikons" (read: summoned monsters), and the characters of Clive and Joshua, among other things.

Final Fantasy 16 takes place in a land called Valisthea, in which the infamous crystals are slowly fading away. The world is struggling to survive in the wake of the crystals' passing, with a voiceover in the new trailer apparently lamenting the "mother's flame" flickering out. This new trailer sounds like it'll be reinforcing the darker and more mature tone Final Fantasy 16 is taking.

Shiva blowing on a crystal of ice in Final Fantasy 16
Final Fantasy's iconic summoned monsters will return in Final Fantasy 16 as Eikons.

The new trailer also delves into each of Final Fantasy 16's kingdoms and their respective Eikons. We don't know which Eikons belong to which kingdoms yet, with the exception of the Grand Duchy of Rosaria, which claims Phoenix as its Eikon. Other kingdoms include the divine Sanbreque, the desert land of the Dhalmekian Republic, and the isolated Kingdom of Waloed, as well as the mysterious and formidable Iron Kingdom.

According to IGN, the new trailer will also see the return of Clive and Joshua, two of the main characters of Final Fantasy 16. Joshua is shown summoning the Eikon Phoenix, and Clive and various other party members are seen exploring a region known as the "Deadlands". IGN says there's also a reel of familiar summoned monsters at the end of the new trailer, so you'll probably be able to spot some familiar faces in there.

Final Fantasy 16 is due to land on PS5 in the summer of 2023. According to producer Naoki Yoshida, better known as Yoshi-P, the game is "fully playable" from start to finish, with the dev team now focusing on polishing and refining the experience ready for release. Assuming Final Fantasy 16 doesn't get delayed, almost three years will have passed between the game's announcement and its release. Let's hope it lives up to that time. At the very least, I hope it's better than Final Fantasy 15.

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