PlayStation State of Play event to showcase Final Fantasy XVI: Details
Sony is holding a new State of Play event this week called Final Fantasy XVI. In a tweet, PlayStation confirmed more than 20 minutes of new gameplay for Square Enix’s highly anticipated dark fantasy game. The event will be broadcast live on PlayStation’s official YouTube and Twitch channels on April 14 at 2:30 AM IST in India and April 13 at 2:00 PM PT in the US. The company hasn’t said whether we’ll see any new announcements, as seen in the previous State of Play presentation where Sony revealed five new PS VR2 games. Final Fantasy XVI went gold last month and will be released exclusively on PS5.
With Sony ditching E3 in 2019, these digital-only PlayStation events seem to be PlayStation’s favorite place to show off upcoming games. Given the cancellation of E3 this year, it’s unclear what else Sony has planned for the summer.
After a development setback due to COVID-19, Final Fantasy XVI has finally settled on a June release, beginning the game’s six-month PS5 exclusive. Initially, the PC version was planned to be released immediately, but in February, producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed that there was not enough time for optimization. “I want to release it eventually and I think I will, but I’m not at the point where I can say when,” he said on the Japanese PlayStation blog (translated by Google).
Set in the medieval-inspired world of Valistei, Final Fantasy XVI puts you in control of Clive Rosfield, the First Shield of Rosaria, a warrior who must navigate a world divided into two continents – Ash and Tempest – and fend off the summonable monsters that summon the Aicons. The depletion of the Aether (energy source) has brought six royal factions into conflict with each other, which the player must stop by allying with a rotating group of partners and fighting in segmented regions around the world. Final Fantasy 16 is also the first installment to break away from the franchise’s turn-based combat system in favor of a flashier, real-time action-oriented approach.
A interview Last month, it was revealed that Final Fantasy XVI will take around 70-80 hours to fully complete. “FF16 is a story-driven game that takes you on a rollercoaster ride. You will see Clive’s entire lifestyle and it will probably take around 35 hours to complete the game. If we add more content, it could be double that amount,” game director Hiroshi Takai told Famitsu (translated by Twitter user) @aitaikimochi). Producer Yoshida originally planned to complete the main story at around 20 hours, but more content was added during development.
There are also a lot of cutscenes – about 11 hours, not including cutscenes during battle or side quest moments. FFXVI also comes with a new Game+ mode that lets you take all your gear and stats for a second run with the opponent’s difficulty increasing.
Final Fantasy XVI launches exclusively on PS5 on June 22nd. The State of the Game event is scheduled for April 14 at 2:30 AM IST in India and April 13 at 2:00 PM PT in the United States.
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