Despite repeated promises from producer Naoki Yoshida, the 2021 Tokyo Game Show edition has finally given us the opportunity to hear (a little) about the highly anticipated Final Fantasy XVI.
In July, the producer of Final Fantasy XVI explained with great diplomacy why he would prefer not to show Final Fantasy XVI during the high mass of the Japanese video game, plans that the creator of the saga Hironobu Sakaguchi intended to undermine. After all, who is better than to titillate your former employer with a smile? In front of the good-naturedness of (the other) mustached J-RPG, Yoshida could only give in.
The group is doing well
And the good news, just imagine! If we knew the project was sufficiently advanced for the dialogues to be recorded (first in English), Yoshida reminded that the scenario of Final Fantasy XVI was indeed completed, and that the team was currently working on fine-tuning of the last side quests. This is likely to reassure many role players … except Sakaguchi, who would have liked to write one of the quests, as a certain Yoko Taro had done for Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker. The opportunity to come back for a DLC?
In order not to relive the traumas of the last episode to date, Yoshida explained to the audience distanced from the Tokyo Game Show that the development team had started by working on the main scenario before thinking of the rest, just to start off on a good narrative basis. installed. Likewise, the protagonist models are also complete, but still need a few small visual improvements.
The other good news to read between the lines is that the overall development of Final Fantasy XVI seems rather near the end: Yoshida explaining that he’s been at work for a while, and Square Enix avoiding a wait. relatively endless as for the first chapter of Final Fantasy VII Remake. The publisher seems to be learning from his many mistakes, and that’s good.
Finally, for those who still doubt it, the game will be clearly action-oriented, a relentless evidence given the good sales of Final Fantasy XV, which had set a precedent. The only thing missing is a release date …
Final Fantasy XVI is expected someday (maybe soon) on PlayStation 5.