WORLD | Jun 18, 2023

WATCH | Final Fantasy XVI: The long-awaited sequel releases on Thursday

Shemar-Leslie Louisy

Shemar-Leslie Louisy / Our Today

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The month of epic game releases continues as Square Enix is gearing up to release its highly anticipated Final Fantasy XVI on Thursday (June 22), the sixteenth main installment in the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy series.

This action role-playing game, set to be a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 5, aims to captivate players with its dark fantasy storyline and innovative gameplay.

Final Fantasy XVI takes place in the captivating world of Valisthea, a land divided into six powerful nations, each harnessing magical crystals and ‘dominants’ to maintain their authority. Players will follow the journey of protagonist Clive Rosfield, who witnesses the destruction of his kingdom and embarks on a quest for revenge against the sinister Eikon Ifrit.

The game’s developers at Square Enix are introducing an action-based combat system that combines melee and magic-based attacks, providing players with thrilling battles against formidable adversaries. The gameplay showcases segmented open environments, allowing for immersive exploration of Valisthea’s diverse regions.

Players will have the opportunity to harness the power of Eikons, formidable summoned monsters believed to be physical embodiments of the Mothercrystals. This unique gameplay element adds depth and strategy to the combat experience, as players can unleash powerful summon attacks to overcome challenging encounters.

The game’s music, composed by the talented Masayoshi Soken, known for his work on the Final Fantasy XIV soundtrack, promises to create an immersive and emotional atmosphere that complements the game’s epic story.

The game’s trailers and gameplay demos have showcased its stunning visuals, fast-paced combat, and captivating narrative, raising anticipation among players worldwide.

The development of Final Fantasy XVI falls under the responsibility of Creative Business Unit III, the same team that worked on the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII Remake. With their expertise and dedication, fans can expect a memorable and groundbreaking experience when they embark on their journey through Valisthea.

Previously released demo gameplay are already causing fans to tout this game as a potential Game Of The Year contender alongside Diablo IV, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Be sure to get your copy this Thursday (June 22).

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