Final Fantasy 16 is official and as part of the Playstation 5 showcase, fans were able to admire a first trailer that reveals a bit about which direction the series will take with the latest part of the main series. A lot of fantasy apparently awaits the fans, a dark theme, action-packed fighting sequences against known and new monsters of the franchise. Some hints can of course be drawn from the first trailer …
… but every follower of the series should always keep the following things in mind. This is the very first trailer and it will likely be a few years before Final Fantasy 16 is released exclusively for the Playstation 5 (for now). A lot can change in the time from the announcement to the release, from the technology to the story. Even if the development may not take such a rocky road as for Final Fantasy 14, Final Fantasy 15 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, it will still take some time until the release. And even if the first trailer reveals a bit, it can be assumed that the makers of Final Fantasy 16 will still have a lot of surprises in store. But what are the current opinions?
That is probably indicative of this Final Fantasy Community Reddit threadin which an extremely large number of different opinions collide. I'll grab a few of them and comment on them – and I'd be happy if you guys share your opinions with us too!
Yes, finally Final Fantasy 16!
Many, many fans are excited about the official announcement of Final Fantasy 16, because … finally another new and not warmed up Final Fantasy! After the release of Final Fantasy 15, the longest period of time has actually passed in which the fans have not heard of a new game in the main series. And no one who has been loyal to this series for decades should let this joy be taken away. Let's hope this joy and hype will continue until the release! Despite all the negative impressions that some members of the community got from the first trailer, you should be positive and wait to see what really comes your way!
Final Fantasy with too much fantasy ?!
In the run-up to any announcement, Naoki Yoshida, Game Director of Final Fantasy 14, came around the corner with the comment that he would like to realize a pure fantasy setting in a Final Fantasy – and now, as the producer of Final Fantasy 16, he has the Chance to do so. Many fans like that, others liked the mixture of sci-fi and fantasy. At the end of the day, I can only stress this again and again, there is no arguing about the taste. You have to find out for yourself whether the setting suits you or not.
Final Fantasy 16 looks like Final Fantasy 14 o.O.
Okay, yes, in the first few seconds of the trailer, it wasn't just me who got the feeling that I wasn't seeing the announcement of Final Fantasy 16, but rather the one about a new expansion for Final Fantasy 14. The material selected for the trailer became like a Fade-in at the beginning shows recorded on a PC to simulate the PS5 experience. While the campfire itself and the tracking shot from the face of the apparent main character, who is on a campaign of revenge, still looked like technology from Final Fantasy 15, impressions like the fast-paced battle from the back of the chocobos look like scenes from Final Fantasy 14 could. Perhaps that has mainly to do with the fact that similar sequences were already shown in the two games mentioned – either in-game or as artwork. And yes, the style is similar.
However, the fact for me is that Project Athia, also developed by Square Enix on the Luminous Engine and presented in summer 2020, looks a lot more like Next Gen than what can be seen in the Awakening trailer. But that doesn't have to mean anything. I much prefer a coherent world that can be played without any stuttering than the very latest graphics stuff. And at this point it can also be said: There may still be a lot of time until the release of Final Fantasy 16. Although … Game Director Hiroshi Takai hasn't worked on Final Fantasy 14 (his previous project) for a while, which at least suggests that production of the 16th part started a good while ago and is now gaining momentum .
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Speaking of the similarities to FFXIV: The summons are called in the Awakening trailer as in A Realm Reborn: Eikons. The tattoos that you see in the Awakening trailer can possibly be associated with different Eikons, such as the Shiva, Titan and Ifrit shown in the trailer. There is a similar symbolism in Final Fantasy 14. The main character and his comrades-in-arms may belong to Phoenix, since in the trailer it is hard to miss that the young Goldylocks … eh, Joshua … acts as the ruler of Phoenix. However, this happens in the earlier timeline (more on this later) and the brand on the cheek of the older protagonist and his fellow combatants is reminiscent of swords – a sign for Bahamut? According to the trailer's voice over, an absolute novelty seems to be that two eikons of the same element are conjured up at the same time, in this case fire with Phoenix and Ifrit.
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There are only men ?! And what about the other peoples!
Most recently there was a female main character in the 13th part of the Final Fantasy series, namely Lightning. Final Fantasy 15 became entirely a "sausage party" because the group's main characters were male. At this point I'll just leave out the fact that Gladio's sister Iris was definitely a member of the group for part of the trip. And that Luna was a pretty powerful character – only sadly on the sidelines. The bigger problem with Final Fantasy 15, and also with Final Fantasy 7 Remake, is that we cannot determine for ourselves which character is part of the group. This decision is always made for us. Also mentioned in passing: Final Fantasy 7 Remake had two pretty strong female characters in the group – but now it could be argued that the makers of the remake had to orientate themselves on the original.
So far, no one apart from the developer team knows whether and how the Final Fantasy 16 party will develop. Many fans fear that there won't be a group at all, because there are no scenes in the Awakening trailer with an interface. However, it can be assumed that we will not be traveling solo. Because there are fight scenes in which other characters fight with the main character or lie exhausted on the ground – without actually appearing as if it was a random spawn. And to come back to the initial question as to whether the game is all about men: I don't think so.
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In the trailer, a girl with gray hair stands out who obviously gets along with Joshua. I assume very strongly that this young woman is also the character who is lying exhausted on the ground on the right in this battle picture.
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If my assumption is correct, then there is not only one party in Final Fantasy 16, but also at least one female character who joins this group. However, when it comes to peoples like Viera or Hrothgar (both known from Final Fantasy 14 among others), it actually seems a bit poor at this point. But I just say: "never say never!"
The combat system is not tactical; (
Final Fantasy 15's active combat system was not well received, but it was also chosen for Final Fantasy 7 Remake, although it has been noticeably refined and, thanks to the tactical mode, gives a feeling of round tactics. The fighting sequences in the trailer for Final Fantasy 16 certainly suggest an action-packed combat system. Not without reason, because for that Combat system is characterized by Ryota Suzuki who previously worked on Devil May Cry 5. Influences from the action game can definitely be recognized by the opponent's "throwing into the air". Without any interface elements, nothing can actually be said with certainty, at least not about the existence (or abstinence) of a tactical mode. In the fight against Morbol, the speed and actions of the main character are at least very reminiscent of Final Fantasy 15.
What else does the trailer reveal?
It is almost as clear as dumpling broth that at some point there will be a leap in time – either a flashback, which I personally would find much more elegant than the other option. Or a real leap in time, such as in Final Fantasy 15, which, despite all my devotion to the game, I found to be really bad. At least the scenes with the young, golden curly Joshua, the gray-haired stranger and the protagonist seem to take place in a much more peaceful time than the sequences around the campfire at the beginning of the trailer.
The fight scenes can also be distinguished by the clothing of the protagonist. The fight against the Morbol and the (apparent) Dragoon of an imperial army seem to take place with a young main character, while the battles with the Coeurl and the Ogre are played with an older hero. The prerequisite for this assumption, however, is that there are no items of equipment that change the hero's appearance. ^^ And then of course there is the scene at the end of the trailer in which the so far nameless guy can be seen in young and old.
A very wild theory would of course be that you could play the main character as man or woman as you wish; the young version has a pretty feminine touch. But that's just a very wild theory that I don't think will come true.
The parallels to Final Fantasy 15
Okay, there seems to be an insurmountable chasm between the two games. Final Fantasy 16 looks more like a fantasy game, Final Fantasy 15 was a road trip through a land that could exist in the present. But as the people from Final Fantasy Union find out in their video, which is well worth seeing, there are (of course) a lot of parallels to the old games of the main series as well as some to Final Fantasy 15. And maybe behind this is the wish of the creators of the series, all games to link the main series a little.
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On the one hand, there is the unit to which the protagonist belongs, and which gives the impression that these are elite fighters similar to the Königsgleven from Final Fantasy 15: Kingsglaive, who hunt down the rulers of the Eikons, in the case of Shiva . This assumption not only gives me hope that FF16 could turn out a bit like Kingsglaive did to the viewer. There also seems to be a kind of plague in Joshua's world similar to the star plague in Lucis, which certain characters can at least try to heal and which cannot be stopped without the power of the mother crystal.
A mechanic that would (not only, but also) resemble Final Fantasy 15: The royal person belonging to the fighters can pass on parts of their power, which they apparently receive via a crystal, to their closest allies. It is not without reason that a phoenix wing appears above the protagonist in the fight scenes. However, he also uses "symbols" attributed to Titan and Garuda.
Finally, as in Final Fantasy 15, Ifrit seems to be one of the antagonists, because as the folks at Final Fantasy Union note, the color purple is often associated with "evil" in the series. So it would be no coincidence that Ifrit is shown in purple in the Final Fantasy 16 logo.
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Real news on Final Fantasy 16 won't come until 2021. But how are you currently feeling with the announcement trailer?
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