Today Square Enix released a batch of gameplay videos of the upcoming mainline Final Fantasy game Final Fantasy XVI.
The videos are similar to those released in Japanese at the beginning of the month, but this time around, we get to see all the explanations of the mechanics showcased in English.
The videos display various facets of the game, offering an overview of several gameplay elements. We begin by exploring the Eikonic Clashes, where players engage in colossal battles featuring mighty Eikons.
The second video shows combat utilizing Eikonic Actions, with the protagonist Clive Rosfield harnessing the immense powers that he inherited from the connection with the Eikons.
Then, we get a good look at the "Story-Focused" mode, where all "Timely Accessories" are automatically equipped. These offer different bonuses enhancing the accessibility of battles for players who simply wish to immerse themselves in the narrative experience.
Next, we delve into the available abilities and examine how Clive can unlock and enhance them, allowing for customization of the powers he can use in battle.
In another video, we are introduced to Torgal, Clive's loyal canine companion, who can be commanded to fight alongside us using a range of commands.
Lastly, another video highlights the party system. As the narrative unfolds, Clive will be joined by several companions who will accompany him in battle. Unlike Torgal, these companions are fully controlled by the AI.
If you're unfamiliar with Final Fantasy XVI, it's the next mainline game of the ultra-popular fantasy series by Square Enix. The game's development is spearheaded by many developers from the Final Fantasy XIV team, which certainly isn't shocking considering the success of the latest MMORPG of the series, which has passed 27 million registered accounts worldwide as of last year.
Within the team, fans may be familiar with producer Naoki Yoshida, director Hiroshi Takai, writer and creative director Kazutoyo Maehiro, artist Hiroshi Minagawa, composer Masayoshi Soken, and many other well-known names.
The game will present a darker interpretation of the Final Fantasy concept, accompanied by a fully action-based battle system. However, players can still expect the inclusion of traditional elements from the series, including summons, Chocobos, and Moogles.
The scheduled release date exclusively for the PS5 is June 22, 2023, and the game has already gone gold. A PC version is also likely coming at some point, albeit there is no official release date for it at the moment.
While we wait, you can also take a look at plenty of gameplay shown at PAX East and more showcased during a State of Play presentation a few days ago. We also got the reveal of the game's theme song by Kenshi Yonezu, titled "Moongazing."