Final Fantasy XVI: Everything You Need to Know Before the Release of PlayStation’s Super Hyped RPG

Published 06/05/2023, 10:30 AM EDT

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Final Fantasy fans could not be more excited for the release of Square Enix’s latest mainline installment in the cherished JRPG series. Both seasoned fans and beginners can look forward to an action-packed and immersive RPG experience with Final Fantasy XVI.

The new FF game is set to release on 22 June 2023, as a PlayStation 5 exclusive. Only 14 days remain till the highly anticipated release, so before diving into the fascinating world of FF XVI, here’s a comprehensive guide about everything you need to know. 

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A New Era of Final Fantasy:

Final Fantasy XVI is the series’ first true action RPG, delivering unparalleled real-time action combat. Thanks to the power of the PS5’s SSD, you can expect seamless transitions and lightning-fast loading times, enhancing the gameplay experience to new heights. Prepare to engage in thrilling battles and experience the evolution of combat in the Final Fantasy universe.

Epic Eikon Battles and Storytelling:

The Kaiju-scale Eikon combat is one of Final Fantasy XVI’s most notable elements. These larger-than-life encounters will put your abilities to the test and give breathtaking moments all throughout the game. The narrative follows Clive Rosefield throughout his adolescence, twenties, and thirties. Flashbacks explain significant events that have molded Clive’s background and forward the captivating plot, which begins while he is in his twenties.

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Comprehensive Gameplay and Exploration:

You can have an immersive journey with the main story lasting approximately 35 hours. For completionists, the game offers a vast world to explore, with a 100% completion estimate ranging from 70 to 80 hours. Cut scenes play a significant role in narrating the story, with a total runtime of 11 hours, further immersing players in the rich narrative. Notably, Final Fantasy XVI introduces two different gameplay modes, Action Focus, and Story Focus, offering varied difficulty levels by adjusting the “timely” accessories.

Seamless World, Real-Time Battles, and Eikon Abilities:

You can goodbye to loading screens, as Final Fantasy XVI offers a seamless universe that develops naturally as the plot advances, without pesky load times. The latest real-time, action-packed combat departs from the traditional turn-based gameplay in fresh directions. You will also have the chance to pick up skills from strong beings known as Eikons, significantly strengthening their toolbox. By actively upgrading and unlocking skills or letting the game choose for you, you can customize your play style to fit your preferences and strategy.

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Visual and Technological Enhancements:

The PS5’s capabilities are fully utilized by Final Fantasy XVI, which gives you a choice between a stunning 4K Fidelity Mode or a fluid 60FPS Performance Mode. The game also makes use of the PS5’s special capabilities, like Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers, to fully immerse players in the scenario. 

Upgrade and Unlock Abilities:

Players in Final Fantasy XVI are free to develop and gain new skills for their characters. You have a choice whether you want to make the decision manually or want the game to do it for you. You can alter your character’s abilities and playstyle to suit your preferences and adjust to various combat scenarios, which gives the gameplay more depth and a sense of customization.

Timely Rings for Difficulty Adjustment in Final Fantasy 16:

To cater to players of varying skill levels, Final Fantasy XVI introduces Timely Rings. These accessories allow you to adjust the difficulty of encounters. Whether you seek a more challenging experience or prefer a more relaxed approach, the Timely Rings provide a versatile option for tailoring the gameplay to your desired level of challenge, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all players.

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Cid’s Hideaway as a Central Hub:

As you progress through Final Fantasy XVI, Cid’s Hideaway becomes unlocked and serves as a central hub within the game. This hideaway acts as a versatile location for training, interacting with merchants, upgrading equipment, embarking on side quests, and engaging in social interactions with other characters. Explore this hub and take advantage of its various features to enhance your character’s abilities and delve deeper into the game’s world.

Clive’s Clashes with Enemies and Eikons:

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Prepare for epic clashes as Clive faces off against a variety of enemies, dominants, and their formidable Eikons. Engage in intense battles that showcase the power and scale of these encounters. Experience thrilling combat sequences as you confront these adversaries, utilizing your skills, abilities, and Eikon powers to emerge victorious. Brace yourself for memorable confrontations that will test your strategic prowess and keep you on the edge of your seat.

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