Square Enix continues to provide interesting glimpses of its upcoming mainline Final Fantasy game Final Fantasy XVI.
This time around, we focus on animal companions, starting with a Chocobo, who is certainly giving us quite a stern look.
PAX East 2023でお披露目されたチョコボの動画をご紹介！— FINAL FANTASY XVI (@FF16_JP) April 10, 2023
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Next, we take another look at Torgal, the hero Clive's canine best friend, who can fight by our side, be the target of our affection, and guide us around the game's world.
PAX East 2023でお披露目されたトルガルの動画をご紹介！— FINAL FANTASY XVI (@FF16_JP) April 9, 2023
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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 too surprising considering the success of the latest MMORPG of the series, which has recently passed 27 million registered accounts worldwide.
Among them, 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 and Chocobos.
The scheduled release date is June 22, 2023, 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 a bunch of gameplay shown at PAX East.