During this week’s PlayStation State of Play, Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for Final Fantasy 16, along with a release date (or release season): Summer 2023 on PlayStation 5.
The trailer showcased FF16’s powerful summoned creatures, called Eikons. Eikons are hugely powerful creatures such as Bahamut, Odin, Titan, and Ifrit. These summons exist within a single man or woman, called Dominants, who can call upon their power.
The trailer reveals the Eikon wrecking havoc, as well as battling each other. The story centers on a swordsman named Clive Rosfield, who is tasked to guard his younger brother, Joshua, the Dominant of Phoenix. Judging by the trailer, it looks like Clive crosses paths with the Eikon, Ifrit.
“In our latest trailer, we’ve introduced several new Eikons, as well as provided a more detailed peek at our action-packed battle system and the freedom it gives players,” said Hiroshi Takai, game director. “As for development progress, I’m happy to announce that the game is fully playable from start to finish; though, from optimization to brush-up, there is still a mountain of challenges to tackle as we head into our final push. Until then, please stay tuned. We’ll do our best to not keep you waiting too long before our next update!”
“The team, under direction of Hiroshi Takai, has entered the final leg of development and is focusing on polish as they continue their march toward launch.” said Naoki Yoshida, producer. “With the power of the PlayStation 5 console behind us, we’re looking to take you on a seamless, story-driven, white-knuckle ride that will rival even the most thrilling roller-coaster. So, buckle up. The wait is almost over.”
Final Fantasy 16 is releasing exclusively on PlayStation 5 next summer. It has not yet been rated, but previous Final Fantasy games are T for Teen.