During today’s PlayStation 5 Showcase, Square Enix revealed that acclaimed creators Naoki Yoshida (Final Fantasy XIV, Dragon Quest X) and Hiroshi Takai (Final Fantasy XIV, The Last Remnant) are collaborating on an all-new standalone mainline Final Fantasy game, titled Final Fantasy XVI, for the PlayStation 5.
You can watch the “Awakening” announcement trailer for Final Fantasy XVI using the player below.
Producer Naoki Yoshida said: “Final Fantasy XVI producer (that’s right, just producer) Naoki Yoshida here. How did you enjoy the trailer? The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game.
“In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay.”
Yoshida added: “Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store – not only for Final Fantasy XVI, but for Final Fantasy XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!”
“When Final Fantasy I I was released, I was just another player─a young student with big dreams,” said director Hiroshi Takai. “By the time Final Fantasy V was in the works, I had earned myself a seat at the developers’ table… albeit at the very end. From there, I moved ‘online’ leaving my mark on both Final Fantasy XI and XIV. And now… XVI.”
Takai added: “From the establishment of an all new development environment, to learning the ins-and-outs of the PS5, the team and I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied Final Fantasy franchise.
“And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However, I promise it will be worth the wait!”