Final Fantasy XVI next trailer and possible release date coming in October

Final Fantasy XVI

Square Enix will probably share the next trailer and details for Final Fantasy XVI next month, news teased at Tokyo Game Show 2022.

While Square Enix had a bunch of other announcements at the annual expo, they showed nothing from their next flagship RPG. Producer Naoki Yoshida said they might do a blowout in October, though.

“I’m thinking, maybe in the next month or so, we can get the next trailer out,” Yoshida said. “And then the next month or so, we’ll be able to talk about, ‘When will it be on sale?’ I hope to be able to talk about when it will be released…”

Final Fantasy XVI got the “Future Division” award from the Japan Game Awards 2022, which were held during Tokyo Game Show. Yoshida was there to accept the award on behalf of his team.

The producer also talked up progress with the big new RPG’s development.

“We are in the final stages of development,” Yoshida said. “Of course, there are sections that have passed through the ‘drill house,’ but especially in the sound department, all the VFX have probably been finalized, and we need to add sound, but there is so much sound that I got in trouble the day before yesterday. The sound team said, ‘That’s enough!’ I’ve already reached that point.”

Yoshida noted that he has played through Final Fantasy XVI entirely, and is actively giving feedback to the entire team.

“My play-through has been completed up to the ending, and they are responding to the feedback. I feel that I have achieved the concept of a roller coaster… a game experience that combines action and story, where once you start the game, you can’t stop until the end,” he said.

Yoshida added, “Because we have focused so much on action this time, we spent a lot of money to prepare a tremendous number of mechanisms so that people who are not good at action can play the game. I’d really like people who aren’t so good at it to try it and experience how easy and cool it is to handle the main character, Clive.”

Final Fantasy XVI is launching sometime in summer 2023 for PlayStation 5.

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