Today the prestigious Takarazuka Revue, a well-known Japanese all-female musical troupe, announced that it'll host a performance dedicated to Final Fantasy XVI.
According to the announcement, the show, written and directed by Naoko Koyanagi in collaboration with Square Enix will be performed at the Revue's main base, the Takarazuka Grand Theater in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, between May 17, 2024, and June 23, 2024.
It'll move to the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater in the Japanese capital between July 13, 2024, and August 25, 2024.
Tickets for the first location will be available on April 27, 2024, while the box office for the shows in Tokyo will open on June 9, 2024. At the moment, no further information was provided about the content of the musical or the cast. All we hear is that it'll be "innovative" and that it'll be performed by the Revue's Sora Troupe. That's not surprising considering that we're over a year away.
Speaking of music, just yesterday we saw the release of the official music video of the theme song of the game "Moongazing" performed by Kenshi Yonezu.
Final Fantasy XVI is currently available exclusively for PS5 and you can read our enthusiastic review in which our Andrew Stretch defined the game as "everything he could have hoped for and more" and "a deep story and fully fleshed out world that you'll want to be protecting." The game has sold three million copies in the first week since its release.
A PC version has also been confirmed by Yoshida-san himself, but Square Enix will need time to optimize the game for the platform, so we don't yet know when it'll launch. You can also read our interview with Yoshida-san and art director Hiroshi Minagawa.
Recently, we learned that PlatinumGames and the Kingdom Hearts team at Square Enix helped out with development (funnily, Platinum's Hideki Kamiya is known to be a big fan of the Takarazuka Revue). On top of that, the game has been updated to version 1.03.