After a remarkable release during the last State of Play, Final Fantasy 16 is talking about him again today and delivers many crisp details.
He is the producer and director Naoki Yoshida, also a leader on Final Fantasy 14, who spoke during a long interview in the columns of PlayStation Blog. The man takes the opportunity to give us some revelations that will please the fans.
The comeback for the license after Final Fantasy 7 Remake?
With Final Fantasy 16, Square Enix intends to bring back the fans, mostly rather disappointed by the last numbered opus that is Final Fantasy 15. For this, Yoshida admits to having thought of the first games of the license when he was offered to make this 16th episode and when asked what Final Fantasy represents in his eyes, the developer responds bluntly.
I would say that the essential elements of a Final Fantasy game are: captivating story, elaborate gameplay, state-of-the-art graphics and audio… not forgetting chocobos and Moogs, of course. […] When I started thinking about what kind of game Final Fantasy XVI would be, I thought back to how I felt playing the very first Final Fantasyat that feeling of playing the lead role in a great movie. I wanted to recreate this in FFXVI, but with a modern game design and the best of current technology. Under the direction of Hiroshi Takai, members of the development team have joined forces to make this dream a reality.
Final Fantasy 16 should therefore reconnect with its roots and offer a great show, which the last presentation would tend to confirm. But the app will not just be a “graphic stallion stuffed with cinematic scenes” since it also intends to offer a rich story and strong characters. Naoki Yoshida also wants to be reassuring by saying that, if the teams were, at the start, divided into two groups, one working on FF14 and the other on FF16, the developers have found the right balance and Final Fantasy 16 has very quickly ended up having its dedicated team.
This new opus promises us an intense adventure and intends to put the package on the fan service, in particular thanks to the invocations. The latter, named here Primordials, are at the center of the story in addition to offering an explosive visual spectacle. If we have already seen some of his Primordials like Ifrit, Bahamut, Garuda, Titan or shiva, Final Fantasy 16 should still have a few surprises in store for us according to Naoki Yoshida’s answer when asked about it.
[…]As for the summons that appear in Final Fantasy XVI, I do have my preference, but Unfortunately, I can’t tell you anything at the moment, it would risk arousing too much speculation.. But I can tell you that they are all more incredible than the other!
A 100% new-gen Final Fantasy 16
Finally, the director tells us that the game is in its very final stretch. One year after its release, Final Fantasy 16 is currently playable from start to finishbut some elements are still missing, such as dubbing or even the OST, composed by Masayoshi Sokenalready in charge of Final Fantasy 14. There is also a lot of optimization to do, such as various bug fixes, but also perfect use of PS5 technologies to ensure an optimal experience. And here too, Naoki Yoshida sells us fluidity at all times and impeccable performance.
If the increased performance of the PS5 obviously allows us to offer much richer graphics than beforeI am especially impressed by super fast loading times. In Final Fantasy XVI, you instantly switch between cutscenes and real-time battles without any loading time, making the gameplay of an incomparable fluidity. It’s through the power of the PlayStation 5 that we can make Final Fantasy XVI an adventure so rich in thrills.
Great promises, therefore, for this title eagerly awaited by fans of the license. Final Fantasy 16 is expected exclusively on PS5 in the summer of 2023, but does not yet have a precise release date. In the meantime, you can also get your hands on the remake of Crisis Core expected for this end of the year. The sequel to Final Fantasy 7 Remake meanwhile is expected for winter 2023. We will be able to eat Final Fantasy for months.