Square Enix has shared a bevy of new gameplay and info for Final Fantasy XVI in Sony’s State of Play broadcast this afternoon.
Among the onslaught of new details and gameplay is the news that legendary musician Kenshi Yonezu made the Final Fantasy XVI theme song, “Tsuki Wo Miteita – Moongazing.” Here’s a listen:
“Words cannot express the impact FINAL FANTASY has had on my life. I never thought or imagined that I would ever receive an opportunity like this,” Yonezu said. “I wrote this song especially for this game. Thank you.”
“When I found out that we’d be able to work with Yonezu-san, I was not only surprised, but overjoyed,” game producer Naoki Yoshida said. “I’m a big fan of Yonezu’s work, and I know that he has a passion for creating music that resonates across the generations, so I was sure that he’d be able to capture the world, the story, and the themes of FFXVI.”
He added, “He’s not only an amazing artist, but also an avid gamer and an FF fan, so please look forward to hearing his theme song!”
Here’s a rundown on the new details, plus the new video broadcast:
Clive’s Hideout, which serves as his base camp throughout the game, was revealed at State of Play. The footage showcased Clive preparing for upcoming battles by crafting items with gathered materials or tackling training modes.
Players can also complete a variety of side quests as well as Mob Hunts, that allows you to take on stronger enemies. Mob Hunts can be accepted from the Hunt Board where you’ll spot a familiar face from the series – Moogle!
Loresman Harpocrates and Vivian Ninetales
Loresman Harpocrates appears in Clive’s Hideout. He studies the history and customs of Valisthea, researching the local climate, folklore, religion, and traditions.
Harpocrates is very curious about Clive’s stories he takes home from his adventures. As Clive shares his past experiences, Harpocrates gains new knowledge as a researcher. And the Thousand Tomes in which he keeps records of his knowledge, will become more and more complete.
You can read up on everything about Valisthea if you visit Harpocrates and unravel the Thousand Tomes for yourself. Don’t forget to talk to Harpocrates when you stop by the Hideout during your travels.
Vivian the Military Scholar is well versed in the affairs of the countries of Valisthea and gives Clive lectures at various points in the story. You can talk to her in the Hideout as well.
Vivian is very knowledgeable about present day Valisthea, as well as its history. She will be happy to bestow you with knowledge of the past. With her help, you can explore the details of ever-changing character relationships and world affairs during specific time periods. Whenever you want to review the story so far or determine where Clive should go next, her knowledge will surely be of great help.
We hope you take advantage of their extensive knowledge to further immerse yourself in the story of Final Fantasy XVI!
New Combat Showcase
The latter half of the show was focused on combat. The show revealed new footage of Clive’s action gameplay, titanic clashes between the Eikons themselves, and epic Eikonic abilities.
The show also unveiled many other details and characters for the very first time, so keep your eyes peeled!
Final Fantasy XVI launches June 22nd, 2023 for PlayStation 5.