Final Fantasy fans have been waiting with bated breath for more information on Final Fantasy 16 and now an approximate release date has been offered up.
Square Enix revealed a new Final Fantasy 16 trailer on June 2, showing some of the main story beats. Clive Rosefield will be the protagonist and he will have the ability to summon Eikons, the new version of Final Fantasy’s traditional summons. Clive controls the staple fire summon Ifrit.
The trailer seems to hint at a time-skip with Clive appearing slightly older. The combat in the most recent trailer shows him using a giant, powerful fist. The trailer also shows Benedikta Harman, who is the summoner of the wind Eikon Garuda.
When is Final Fantasy 16 coming out?
Final Fantasy 16 is coming out during the summer of 2023, according to an announcement from the developers.
“The team, under the direction of Hiroshi Takai, has entered the final leg of development and is focusing on polish as they continue their march toward master up and launch,” Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida and director Hiroshi Takai said.
Unfortunately, no specific release date was revealed for Final Fantasy 16 beyond a year. The game has been postponed a number of times over the past few years since it was announced in 2020. Square Enix has a history of announcing Final Fantasy titles very early on and then pushing the games back due to various reasons.
In December 2021, Takai stated that Final Fantasy 16 will be released “fully playable from start to finish.” This is likely meant to distinguish it from the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which is being released in multiple parts with a different story from the original. More information will become available in the coming months but for now, Final Fantasy 16 is still a bit of a mystery to long-time fans.