New Final Fantasy XVI Trailer Reaffirms Summer 2023 Release Date

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Final Fantasy XVI will be released in the summer of 2023, as reaffirmed in a new trailer that Square Enix released today titled “Ambition” that provides further insight on the realm of Valisthea and its “dominants,” characters that can call upon deadly creatures called Eikons. The latest mainline installment in the long-running RPG franchise, FFXVI is a standalone single-player action RPG that is currently in development for PlayStation 5 consoles. It’s unclear when the PC version might be released, or whether it’ll be headed to Xbox. (FFVII Remake remains unavailable on Microsoft’s consoles.)

“I’m happy to announce that our newest trailer—Ambition—is now live,” commented Naoki Yoshida, Producer, Final Fantasy XVI. “Rather than focusing on action as we did in our last reveal, this time we wanted to give the world a more in-depth look at FINAL FANTASY XVI’s lore and its rich cast of characters—with the Dominants front and centre.”

“As the game edges closer to completion, the team has turned its full attention to debugging and final adjustments,” added Hiroshi Takai, Director, Final Fantasy XVI. “Now that things are starting to come together, the game is sizing up to be something truly special.”

From a Square Enix press release:

SQUARE ENIX announced today the release of the latest trailer for the highly anticipated new entry in the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY franchise, FINAL FANTASY XVI, which will be releasing on the PlayStation 5 (PS5) in Summer 2023. The trailer, named “AMBITION”, gives players a more in-depth look at FINAL FANTASY XVI’s backstory, including the realm of Valisthea and its rich cast of characters they will encounter in the game, including Dominants – single men and women who are blessed with the ability to call upon a dread power, which is unlike anything ever seen in the series.

In an immersive world built by talented developers, including Kazutoyo Maehiro (Creative Director & Original Screenplay), Michael-Christopher Koji Fox (Localization Director) and more, FINAL FANTASY XVI brings players into the realm of Valisthea, where Eikons are powerful and deadly creatures that reside within Dominants— single men or women who are blessed with the ability to call upon their dreaded power. The story follows Clive Rosfield, a young man dedicated to mastering the blade, who is dubbed the First Shield of Rosaria and tasked to guard his younger brother Joshua—the Dominant of the Phoenix. Unexpected events set Clive on a dark and dangerous road to revenge.

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