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Final Fantasy 16 news, trailer and what we know so far

It's been confirmed: Final Fantasy 16 (XVI) is in development and it's coming to PlayStation 5. The RPG is the next mainline title in the long and storied Final Fantasy series – in every entry, developer at Square Enix completely changes the setting, characters, and how the game plays, which is no different here. As far as we know, FF16 will be a single-player experience, but no release date has been shared.

After its reveal trailer was released, Square Enix launched a new teaser website, confirming character names, the story and the location the game will take place in. In the trailer, we meet three main characters, who we now know are Clive (the main protagonist), Joshua (Clive's younger brother), and Jill, a family friend close to the two brothers.

Since the game's reveal, Square Enix has been keeping quiet and playing its cards close to its chest so, even though it's currently unclear when we'll lean more, we're hoping it won't be too much longer. 

Here's everything we know about Final Fantasy 16 so far. 

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next mainline single-player Final Fantasy title
  • Where can I play it? At the moment, there is no release date
  • Which console is it on? Final Fantasy 16 will definitely be released on PS5 but there's been a lack of clarity around a potential PC release

Final Fantasy 16 release date: what do we know?

At the moment, there is no fixed Final Fantasy 16 release date so we're not expecting to see it all that soon.

That said, the game's first reveal trailer was surprisingly polished – it showed cutscenes and battles running in real-time, which producer Naoki Yoshida says "represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this."

Director Hiroshi Takai suggests a long wait is in store, however, saying, "And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands."

Everyone remembers the horrifically long wait for Final Fantasy 15 – it was revealed in 2006 as a completely different game before development was rebooted ahead of a 2016 release date. Don't expect that this time – Yoshida is something of an organisational mastermind. He's the brains behind Final Fantasy 14's A Realm Reborn reinvention – an extraordinary turnaround, and evidence that FF16 is in safe hands, certainly in terms of scheduling and story.

Yoshida has said says there will be a big update regarding the game in 2021, so expecting it later than that makes sense.

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Clive (left), Joshua (middle) and Jill Warrick (right)

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Concept art of the world of Valisthea

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New key art has been released with the launch of a teaser website

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Clive Rosfield is the main playable character.

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It has been revealed the this is an older version of Clive Rosfield

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Ifrit the Eikon (or, summon) appears in the trailer.

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Different Chocobo colors confirmed!

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The Eikon, Pheonix, is held within Joshua

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The main logo for Final Fantasy 16, illustrated by the legendary Yoshitaka Amano.

Final Fantasy 16 trailers

Final Fantasy 16 has had just one trailer so far – and can watch it below. 

It's a surprisingly great teaser for the game. It isn't just some cinematics and ambiguous hints at what to come – we get a healthy does of the setting, various characters and how the game will actually play when you get into a fight. 

At the start of the trailer, we see haggard mercenary characters sitting around a campfire, who are about to charge into battle. Eventually, it changes pace to show a young boy called Joshua who appears to hold some form of magical power, seemingly linked to the Phoenix – an Eikon, or summon, in Final Fantasy parlance.

Check out the first Final Fantasy 16 trailer below:

Final Fantasy 16 news and more information

Working on it with the “utmost care”

Final Fantasy 16 producer and Final Fantasy 14 director, Naoki Yoshida, has given a brief update on his work on the game in a recent interview with Famitsu (via @aitaikimochi). Yoshida is working on both games and said that rumors that he’s too busy to work on Final Fantasy 14 are “not true” and that he’s “desperately working” on both games. Yoshida added that, “In either case, Final Fantasy 14 and Final Fantasy 16 will both be completed with the utmost care, so we hope for your support from here on out”.

Square Enix will be at Tokyo Game Show but a Final Fantasy 16 appearance seems unlikely

Square Enix has confirmed that it will be presenting at Tokyo Game Show this year with a 50-minute stream on October 1, but previous comments from Final Fantasy 16’s development team give us the impression that it’s probably safer to not expect a showing from that game.

Speaking as part of a Final Fantasy 14 stream back in July, FF 16 producer Naoki Yoshida said (translated by Twitter user @aitaikimochi and Siliconera) that the team would rather show off the game closer to its launch instead of drip-feeding information over a long period of time. On the game's official site it still states that "the next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021" but when that is set to happen in 2021 remains unclear.

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A chance of an Xbox release?

Final Fantasy 16 has been confirmed for PS5 and there have been rumours of a PC release. But could an Xbox release be in the pipeline too? A small disclaimer on PlayStation Australia’s website makes it seem like a possibility.

As discovered by a Twitter user, underneath Final Fantasy 16’s release date – which is still TBC – it says the game is, “Not available on other consoles for a limited time.” What’s interesting here is that if the listing said “other platforms”, we’d assume the game was coming to PC as suggested before. However, “other consoles” indicates that Final Fantasy 16 could make its way to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at a later date.

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Final Fantasy 16’s fate on platforms other than PS5 is yet to be confirmed so until Sony or Square Enix speaks out on the matter it remains speculation. 

Timed PS5 exclusive?

A recent trailer shared by PlayStation Brazil suggests that a PC release of Final Fantasy 16 could come after its PS5 launch, rather than alongside it. As spotted by GamesRadar, the trailer shows upcoming PS5 games, Final Fantasy 16 among them, and the fine print at the bottom of the trailer states that the game won’t be “available on other platforms for a limited time after launching on PS5.” 

There has been some confusion around Final Fantasy 16’s platforms. When the game was first revealed, its trailer showed that it would release on PC but this was quickly changed to show it as a PS5 release only. Square Enix was reticent to comment on other platforms, telling IGN ,“We have no further information on if Final Fantasy XVI will be released on platforms other than the PS5.”

Games industry analyst Piers Harding-Rolls has previously claimed that the game will be exclusive to the PS5 for its first six months and that while there's no official confirmation a PC release is on the cards, it could happen.

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Given the lack of clarity around the game’s release, it wouldn’t be surprising if the game was a timed PS5 exclusive with a PC release coming at a later date but we won’t know for sure until Square Enix confirms it. 

There’s going to be a mode with a focus on story

Final Fantasy 16’s trailer was action-packed but in a recent radio interview (via Kotaku) producer Naoki Yoshida said that while Final Fantasy 16 is going to be “action-oriented” it’s “turning into a Final Fantasy that features both story and action.” 

According to Yoshida, steps are being taken to accommodate players who prefer story to action and he’s quoted as saying, “We strongly want people to enjoy the story, so we’re preparing a mode for those who want to focus on the story.”

When pressed for details on the story, Yoshida was less forthcoming, saying “There are still only a few things I can say, but for me, I’m part of the generation that was there from the first Final Fantasy in real-time.”

It seems, though, that the story might touch on more mature themes, as he added, “I think that when you become an adult, you also understand suffering. And so, people who have grown up on Final Fantasy, also know the real world. But even then, they want to once again enjoy fantasy. They can get something out of it and are able to contemplate things. I’m thinking I’d like to make this a theme [for the game].”

The lack of news is intentional

It might feel like you’ve not heard much about Final Fantasy 16 since it was announced but don’t worry: it’s on purpose. In a February interview with The Washington Post (via VG247), producer Naoki Yoshida explained that, “We don’t want to say something that’s half baked and cause speculation on the title. With any Final Fantasy fan, depending on which Final Fantasy title is your jam, the point that you get excited will tend to differ.”

Square Enix launches a teaser website

Square Enix's new teaser website launched on October 29 which shares more information about Final Fantasy 16.

At the moment, the website is showing off new art, characters, lots of backstory and more details about the world of Valisthea.

We've now been introduced to three main characters for Final Fantasy 16; Clive, the main protagonist of the game, his brother Joshua and their family friend Jill.

As well as the teaser website, producer of the game Naoki Yoshida has shared a detailed blog post containing new information on the PlayStation Blog.

In the post, Yoshida talks about the world, which is called Valisthea, the main character Clive and the role that Eikons and Dominants have in the game.

Timeskip confirmed

The PlayStation blog confirms that the young knight and the tattooed man in the “Awakening” trailer are one and the same. His name is Clive Rosfield, and he’s the main protagonist of Final Fantasy 16.

It seems likely the game might be split into two parts, the first focusing on a young Clive as he protects Joshua and then, over the course of the story (at least, from the trailer) we see Clive is some form of mercenary going into war against a Dominant, which could be Shiva or Titan.

Who is directing Final Fantasy 16?

As mentioned, Hiroshi Takai is in charge of directing Final Fantasy 16. He has previously worked on the immensely successful MMOs Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn as well as Final Fantasy 11, the first online Final Fantasy title.

Both of the MMOs do a great job of wonderfully capturing the essence and charm of Final Fantasy and translate it into an online setting well, complete with compelling characters, stories and beautifully designed worlds.

Who is producing the game?

As discussed, Square Enix has set Naoki Yoshida as the game's producer, and he's the one who brought Final Fantasy 14  back from the brink of defeat, turning it into one of Square's most successful games.

Ultimately, this information will either mean a lot to you or very little depending on how much you've played or enjoyed Final Fantasy 11 and A Realm Reborn.

Final Fantasy 16 characters and story

Clive, Joshua and Jill

Clive Rosfield is the main protagonist of the game. The teaser website explains that he's the firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria and he's in charge of protecting his younger brother Joshua, who happens to hold the Dominant of the Phoenix. 

Thanks to Joshua's link to the Eikon Phoenix, Clive has been bestowed the Blessing of the Phoenix upon him, giving him the ability to use some of the Eikon's flame and power to make himself stronger. 

As the story unfolds, we're told that Clive is "swept up into a great tragedy."

Joshua Rosfield, the young boy from the trailer,is Clive’s little brother. 

The PlayStation blog explains that he is also the Dominant of the Phoenix — Eikon of Fire. This means that Joshua has the Eikon Phoenix inside him, giving him special abilities and powers. 

We're told that "As a Dominant, Joshua transforms into the Phoenix and fights to protect his nation." Giving us a little bit of information about the world and how they view Dominants and Eikons.

Finally, Jill Warrick is the young girl we first met in the trailer. She's friends with Clive and Joshua because, an early age, she was taken from her homeland in the Northern Territories—a nation that swore loyalty to the Grand Duchy of Rosaria—to broker peace between the two powers.

This is just our speculation, but we think it's pretty obvious from the trailer that Jill is also a Dominant, but this might be a secret to others in the game. In terms of which Dominant, we think from the trailer that she holds Shiva, the power of Ice, due to some visual similarities. We could be completely wrong, but it's always fun to guess! 

What are Eikons and Dominants?

You'll recognize the term Eikon if you've played Final Fantasy 14, A Realm Reborn, where they're referred to as Primals. 

The official website tells us Eikons "reside within special beings called Dominants. How Dominants are treated depends on the realm—in some, they are revered as royalty, while in others they are sent to the frontlines as weapons of war." Again, giving further information as to how Dominants are seen throughout the world.

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Final Fantasy 16 location and setting

Velisthea and the light of the Mothercrystals

We now know that Final Fantasy 16's story and adventure will take place in a land called Valisthea.

The world is tied to six different Mothercrystals, which have been around for generations. During this time, six powerful nations have risen up around the Mothercrystals and each place now lives in relative peace.

As is always the case with Final Fantasy, the blessings bestowed by the Mothercrystals has allowed these powers to thrive, and their people to live in comfort.

Of course, we also learn that the crystals have been the cause of "countless wars", which eventually formed the six nations now in the game.

The Grand Duchy of Rosaria, the Holy Empire of Sanbreque, the Kingdom of Waloed, the Dhalmekian Republic, the Iron Kingdom and the Crystalline Dominion.

Each place views the world differently and, obviously, this leads to some political disagreements between the nations.

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Jack might have a few secrets

Square Enix's Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin made its debut at E3 2021 in June, and it didn't win fans over thanks to its trailer, as evidenced by the large number of dislikes. The publisher released a new video Friday that dials down the cringe and makes a big revelation about the game's protagonist. 

In the new trailer, the heroes led by Jack confront the evil entity known as Chaos. Once they defeat it, however, the entity disappears leaving a woman who goes by the name Neon. At the trailer end, Jack reveals his full name, which is Jack Garland. 

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This revelation requires a bit of an explanation for non-Final Fantasy fans. In the original Final Fantasy game back on the NES, the Warriors of Light's first boss battle is against a knight named Garland. It's then revealed at the end of the game that Garland had found a way to go back in time and absorb an immense power to become Chaos. 

With this new knowledge, Final Fantasy Origin will likely be the story of Garland forming the first Warriors of Light party that predated the original Final Fantasy game. It will likely end with the reveal of how he became the powerful Chaos monster. 

Final Fantasy Origin features a more action-based gameplay than other games in the franchise. A preview of the game's demo from GameSpot shows that players will control Jack and can use a combination of different jobs -- such as melee or magic classes -- to fight enemies. Square Enix will release Final Fantasy Origin on March 18 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles,  and the demo is available starting today. 

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for long enough.

FINAL FANTASY XVI producer (that’s right, just producer) Naoki Yoshida here. How did you enjoy the trailer? The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new FINAL FANTASY game. In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay.

Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for the newest entry in the series, FINAL FANTASY XVI, but for FINAL FANTASY XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!

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When FINAL FANTASY I was released, I was just another player─a young student with big dreams. By the time FINAL FANTASY V was in the works, I had earned myself a seat at the developers’ table...albeit at the very end. From there, I moved “online,” leaving my mark on both FINAL FANTASY XI and XIV.

And now...XVI.

From the establishment of an all new development environment, to learning the ins and outs of the PS5, the team and I have taken upon countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied FINAL FANTASY franchise. And though we're pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However I promise, the wait will be worth it!

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That New Final Fantasy Origins Trailer Is Actually Pretty Cool

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Whenever I think about theStranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins E3 trailer, the lasting impression of the game isn’t the fact that it is a Final Fantasy game or even its admittedly cool combat. No, the only thing that comes to mind is how the protagonist just really wants to kill chaos. But after seeing the game’s release date announcement trailer, I can say I’m fully onboard with killing chaos too.

In a surprising turn of events, Team Ninja and Square Enix opted out on even having protagonist Jack Garland incessantly remind players he wants to kill chaos. Instead, the trailer gave players the lowdown on the action role playing game’s story and why Jack is so hard-pressed to kill chaos. (Psst, here’s a funny meme from the game’s second demo to tithe you over on meme content before I get into that sweet sweet lore!)

The game’s story revolves around elemental crystals that keep the world in balance. But darkness has arrived, chaos even, and is corrupting those crystals to cause natural disasters across the land. Luckily, there are four warriors of light who will come and liberate the world from darkness. Move over Greta Thunberg, Jack and his planeteers are here to save the day.

While the trailer resisted the urge to have Jack utter the word chaos, there was a hilarious moment where our bumbling heroes all grumble at each other before Jack exclaims “Wait!” because his crystal is ringing. Unintentional Final Fantasy humor is truly unparalleled.

The trailer was chock-full of all the borderline nonsensical dialogue and lore name drops that don’t hold any weight since people haven’t played the game yet. Still, I can’t deny the trailer was pretty fire. Trailer shots showed characters doing finishing moves on all sorts of fantasy creatures, turning them into geodes in the process. The trailer also did that cool thing where the music in the trailer is timed with the combat.

Just like a real life “How It Started vs How It’s Going” meme, this three and a half minute trailer not only was an improvement on divulging why Jack wants to kill chaos, but why players should be just as amped as he is to do it too. I’ve gone from ironically finding the game’s premise charming to unironically being on board with blonde Chris Redfield’s environmentalist mission. You know what that’s called? Growth.

The announcement trailer also said the second demo is coming soon and they meant it because its live on the PlayStation store right now. The second demo will have multiplayer features. The first demo was rendered unplayable for the first two days it was live because its data was corrupted. Luckily, Square Enix was able to fix the demo with a patch. Hopefully, the second demo won’t be corrupted by chaos as well.

Stranger of Paradise is slated to release on March 18th, 2022, on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and the Epic Games store.

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New Final Fantasy Origin Trailer 100% Chaos-Free After Last One Got Memed

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Last week, Square Enix released yet another trailer for Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, its upcoming Souls-like prequel to the original Final Fantasy. And while the project continues to look great, English-speaking fans apparently missed out on some more aggressive references to Chaos, the Stranger of Paradise villain whose name became the subject of much memeing following the game’s reveal back in June.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin protagonist Jack Garland—yes, that Garland—is on a mission: kick the shit out of Chaos while listening to sick nu-metal jams on his smartphone. He’s not afraid to let everyone know it, either. The first Stranger of Paradise trailer included at least eight growly references to the demonic entity, several of which were just about how excited Jack was to finally put the antagonist six feet underground.

Sadly, the developers at Square Enix weren’t quite as delighted with the over-the-top silliness as fans, prompting someone to completely remove all references to Chaos in the new trailer recently shown at Tokyo Game Show. As pointed out by Twitter user Ajya, the Japanese version of the video still very much discusses Chaos by name, but the English localization only includes vague allusions to its presence in the dialogue.

“We didn’t really think it was going to cause quite as much of a reaction as it did, and that was a little bit unexpected.” Stranger of Paradise producer Jin Fujiwara told TheGamer last week when asked about the Chaos memes. “It’s obviously not something we’re terribly pleased about. But I think looking back on it from where we are now, it may have had a slight positive impact if it got people interested. From our point of view, it’s better than nobody paying attention.”

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin comes to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on March 18, 2022. A second demo is currently available on home consoles and will be playable until October 11.

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Everything we know about Final Fantasy 16 – release date, platforms, and more

Calling all Final Fantasy fans! It's time to get excited because Final Fantasy 16 is officially on the way. First revealed in the PS5 showcase in September last year, we were treated to an announcement trailer that gives us a glimpse at the new protagonist.  Since then, it's been relatively quiet on the Final Fantasy 16 front, but we've steadily been getting little nuggets of news here and there about the upcoming instalment of the much-loved franchise. 

Set to come the PS5, Square Enix released an official website for the game to give us a look at some beautifully illustrated artwork that introduces us to the three main characters we'll be meeting. Along with information about the world setting, and a few story elements, the latest news recently that the English voice recording is going ahead first, and that development is going well. 

We've gathered together everything we know about Final Fantasy 16 so far into one place. And since we can hardly wait to find out more, we've also put together a list of what the upcoming installment needs to capture fans' hearts once again. 

Final Fantasy 16 release date 

We now know that Final Fantasy 16 will be a PlayStation console exclusive that's coming to the PS5. No release date has been revealed so far and Square Enix also confirmed there's currently "no further information" about whether the next entry in the series will be coming to other platforms after the mention of PC was shown during the showcase.  You can check out the new trailer above.

In terms of who is working on the upcoming Final Fantasy title, the announcement also confirmed Naoki Yoshida is the producer on Final Fantasy 16. After the official reveal of the game during the PS5 event, a blog was posted on PlayStation's official site written by Yoshida which confirmed his role, along with revealing that Hiroshi Takai is directing.

"The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game," Yoshida writes. " In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay." 

Comments from industry journalist Jason Schreier suggested it wouldn't be too long before we get to play Final Fantasy 16. Apparently, Square Enix has been working on the Final Fantasy 15 follow-up "for at least four years in some capacity." Obviously, it's nothing concrete, but this does check out with the trailer Square Enix revealed during September's PS5 showcase, which showed a surprising amount of Final Fantasy 16 gameplay and cinematic footage.

Final Fantasy 16 setting and characters

Just recently, Square Enix launched an official website for Final Fantasy 16 that offers some insight into the upcoming installment's world and leading characters. Set in the land of Valisthea, the world is said to be "studded with Mothercrystals - glittering mountains of crystal that tower over the six realms around them, blessing them with aether." Over the generations, people have gone to the beacons to take advantage of the blessing they offer. Using the Mothercrystals aether to conjure magicks that live comfortable, rich lives, many great powers have grown around each Mothercrystal. 

But all is not well in Valisthea. Peace has started to falter with the spread of the Blight, which threatens to destroy the dominions. In Final Fantasy 16, deadly creatures known as Eikons inhabit the world. Each Eikon resides within a single man or woman blessed with the ability to call them. These individuals are known as Dominants. The worldview of these Dominats varies from nation to nation, with some treated like royalty, while others are forced to become weapons of war. 

Clive Rosfield has also been introduced as one of the leading characters along with Joshua Rosfield and Jill Warrick. Clive is the firstborn son of Archduke of Rosaria. As the firstborn, he was expected to inherit the Phoenix flames and become a Dominant, but it instead passed over to his younger brother Joshua. After mastering the blade, Clive becomes First Shield of Rosaria before tragedy strikes "at the hands of a mysterious dark Eikon, Ifrit. Now on a path to revenge, Clive is said to set out on a "dangerous road." 

Five years younger than Clive, Joshua deeply admires his older brother. Viewing himself as "bookish and frail", Joshua appears to wish he wasn't the one to inherit the role of Dominant with command over the Phoenix's flames. 

Jill, on the other hand, was taken from her homeland at a young age to become a ward of Rosaria in order to secure peace between two warring nations. Described as "kind, gracious, and unassuming," Jill is a trusted figure to both the brothers. 

Final Fantasy 16 features: here's what fans want 

Final Fantasy is a series that's continuously ahead of the rest of the JRPG world. FF15 was famously the first Final Fantasy with an open-world setting, as well as the first single-player Final Fantasy with a multiplayer mode and story DLC. In taking inspiration from Western RPGs that were already using these features, Final Fantasy 15 set out to redefine the series. While the reaction was mixed overall, the game did a lot of things right, here are some things the next part could do to further improve on existing ideas.

Fix the open world 

These days almost every RPG has an open world, to the increasing fatigue of many players. There's nothing to be said against open-world setting in general, if done right – a frequent criticism of the open world in Final Fantasy 15 was that there simply weren't enough interesting things to do. Quests were mostly fetch quests that had no effect on the world at large, and driving around in the Regalia instead of making sure Noctis reached his goal robbed the plot of its urgency. The world of Eos, too, seems to be mostly motorways – fans were missing towns to explore and more characters to talk to. Overall the possible solution seems to be a denser, more interesting world with more possibilities for interaction, as well as side-quests with actual storylines of their own.

The combat system needs another overhaul

In FF15, your AI companions play a central role. Their banter is automated, Ignis drives you around, and even with control over characters other than Noctis later having been patched in, anyone you don’t control fights for you without your intervention. This, as well as the frequently unhelpful camera, turned Final Fantasy 15 into a game that is often beyond your control. Combat in particular feels often either cluttered or a bit uninspiring for how little input it requires from you. While round-based combat is making a comeback elsewhere through games such as Persona 5 or the newest entry in the Yakuza franchise, perhaps it’s not necessary to go that far back – the Active Dimension Battle system used by Final Fantasy 12 offered a pleasant mix between tactical combat and AI-controlled team mates.

A bigger focus on story 

It’s not that Final Fantasy 15 didn’t have an interesting story, it just lacked the pacing to tell it in a way that leaves a larger impact. In order to understand everything that’s going on, Square Enix asked you to immerse yourself in the full media universe – an anime, a film, DLC, and that's simply a lot of stuff. The side-quests and traveling to the different tombs around Eos also took away from the story, which didn't really come into its own until the latter half of the game when open-world travel was suspended. Final Fantasy lives off of its characters, of meeting new friends and finding new places to explore. Everything, from the setting to the plot developments, underlines that. Compared to that, a plot that largely comes down to "get into a car and drive to your wedding" didn't quite cut it. Recent developments in Final Fantasy 14, especially the Shadowbringers DLC, are a great example of an enjoyable fantasy story. With any luck, Square Enix is listening to the feedback and working on a more focused, digestible story for Final Fantasy 16.

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