Square Enix has revealed the main theme song of its upcoming mainline Final Fantasy game Final Fantasy XVI.
The song is written and performed by popular Japanese singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu, and it's titled "Tsuki o Mite Ita," which translates into "I was looking at the Moon." Apparently, the official English translation is "Moongazing."
Its reveal follows the latest PlayStation State of Play, during which Square Enix introduced a ton of very interesting gameplay and more details.
You can check out the theme song in the video below.
The press release announcing the teaser includes a statement from Yonezu-san himself:
Words cannot express the impact Final Fantasy has had on my life. I never thought or imagined that I would ever receive an opportunity like this. I wrote this song especially for this game. Thank you.
We also hear from producer Naoki Yoshida.
When I found out that we’d be able to work with Mr. Yonezu, I was not only surprised, but overjoyed. I’m a big fan of Yonezu’s work, and I know that he has a passion for creating music that resonates across the generations, so I was sure that he’d be able to capture the world, the story, and the themes of Final Fantasy XVI. He’s not only an amazing artist, but also an avid gamer and a Final Fantasy fan, so please look forward to hearing his theme song!
If you're unfamiliar with Final Fantasy XVI, it's the next mainline game of the ultra-popular fantasy series by Square Enix. Its development is spearheaded by many developers from the Final Fantasy XIV team, which isn't really surprising considering the success of the latest MMORPG of the series, which has passed 27 million registered accounts worldwide as of last year.
Among the team, we have producer Naoki Yoshida, director Hiroshi Takai, writer and creative director Kazutoyo Maehiro, artist Hiroshi Minagawa, composer Masayoshi Soken, and many more.
The game is said to be a darker take on the Final Fantasy concept, while its battle system is fully action-based. Yet, you can expect plenty of traditional concepts from the series including summons, Chocobos, and Moogles.
The scheduled release date is June 22, 2023, for now only for PS5, and 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. We also learned that a demo is planned and should come shortly before the game's release. While we wait, you can also take a look at plenty more gameplay shown at PAX East.