Closing Fantasy XVI Goes Full Sport Of Thrones In New Trailer

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A man sits on a throne which is never a good sign.

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In case you’re as intrigued about Final Fantasy XVI’s story as I’m, you’ll be blissful to know there’s a brand new four-minute trailer that dives deep into the characters and world-building behind Sq. Enix’s subsequent massive JRPG. The geopolitics are fraught, the implications are ruthless and bloody, and the magic powers are very, very mysterious. The palace intrigue is giving me main Sport of Thrones vibes. Additionally the crystals are god rattling large.

Closing Fantasy XVI, a PlayStation 5-exclusive out next year, takes place on the earth of Valisthea which is getting into its “twilight.” Pure assets are failing and conflict is brewing, threatening to plunge rival nations into chaos. How issues end up might be on the mercy of Dominants, principal characters that glow bizarre colours, and Eikons, acquainted summons like Ifrit and Bahamut that the Dominants can rework into. Though it’s so much to absorb, all of it continues to really feel very a lot according to the return to a few of the conventional tropes of the sooner medieval Closing Fantasy video games.

See for your self:


Right here’s’ a fast overview of the nations that make up Valisthea:

  • Grand Duchy of Rosaria, “bastion of custom”
  • Holy Empire of Sanbreque, “the place ambition is divine”
  • Dhalmekian Republic, “whose fortunes shift with the desert’s sands”
  • Iron Kingdom, “solid in religion and concern”
  • Kingdom of Waloed, “indomitable in its isolation”

The principle recreation revolves across the prince of Rosaria, Clive Rosefield, whose dad brutally bites it halfway by means of the trailer. Sq. Enix additionally revealed Dion Lesage, prince of Sanbreque, aka the evil empire, who’s the Dominant that controls Bahamut, and Barnabas Tharmr, the warrior from Waloed who controls Odin. And per the trailer, he completely fucks.

Whereas I’m not solely bought on the sport’s artwork route and music, which doesn’t really feel almost wild and moody sufficient to me to be a brand new mainline Closing Fantasy, the lore appears thick and the fight, revealed previously, continues to seem like an ideal mixture of real-time mechanics and JRPG number-crunching. Closing Fantasy producer Naoki Yoshida beforehand mentioned the collection was struggling to adapt to trendy tendencies, but it surely looks like Closing Fantasy XVI is shaping up properly to date.

The sport has already gone by means of at least one big delay due to covid, and lots of beforehand hoped it would arrive someday earlier than the tip of the 12 months. It’s now focusing on summer time 2023 for launch. In a message to followers put out alongside the brand new trailer, director Hiroshi Takai said the event workforce has turned a nook and entered the final stretch of manufacturing, specializing in debugging and “last changes.”


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