“However, in order to bring a story that feels like it spans an entire world and beyond, we decided to avoid an open world design that limits us to a single open world space, and instead focus on standalone game design. based on areas that can give players a better sense of a truly ‘global’ scale”.
Square Enix gave a better picture of that world in an update that was released last October, when it introduced the six kingdoms of Final Fantasy 16. Modeled after traditional European fantasy, each nation will have a “Dominant,” a special person who he has the power of an Eikon, a special summon that “can level nations”.
We have found in our extensive user research that many of the younger generation gamers have never played a Final Fantasy or have no interest in the series.
The Eikons were put on display during Sony’s recent State of Play event, and Yoshida also revealed more information about how they’ll be participating in combat and more.
Square Enix’s decision to avoid going traditional open world is surprising in light of current trends, but fans will also remember that Final Fantasy 15’s open world was generally criticized as barren and underdeveloped (even if the fishing was pretty cool). fun). Final Fantasy 16 could have been an opportunity to address those criticisms, but as is often the case with this series, Square Enix chose to go in a different direction.
Final Fantasy 16 was first announced for PS5 in 2020, but despite “basic development” having already been completed, it quickly dropped off the collective radar. It finally resurfaced earlier this month with a new trailer, screenshots, and a post introducing the development team.
Final Fantasy 16 is currently scheduled for summer 2023, but for fans of the series who can’t wait that long, Square is also releasing a remaster of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, due for release later this year. In the meantime, check out everything new we learned from our interview with Yoshida in the wake of the new trailer.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN and a co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Do you have a tip? Send a DM to @the_katbot.