Square Enix has revealed a new video from the new mainline Final Fantasy game.
The new trailer, called Ambition, gives us a deeper look into the backstory of Final Fantasy XVI, the world of Valisthea, and the characters. 1500 years have passed since the fall of the forebearers, and Valisthea has been slowly dying. Darkness spreads as day gives way to dusk, and the Mothers’ flame barely flickers. As the fringes fade, the people flow to the Mother Crystals. (The game wouldn’t be Final Fantasy if the crystals didn’t play a part!)
In addition to the video’s description, Square Enix has also posted a message from Naoki Yoshida and Hiroshi Takai, the producer and director of Final Fantasy XVI. “Greetings, everyone! I’m happy to announce that our newest trailer, Ambition, is live. Rather than focusing on the action we did in our last reveal, this time, we wanted to give the world a more in-depth look at Final Fantasy XVI’s lore and its rich cast of characters—with the Dominants front and centre. The flames of war spread as Valisthea enters an age of twilight. Where will fate lead the Dominants, and what future awaits the realm at the end of this bitter conflict? There are still many more questions to be answered and many more truths to be uncovered.
Regarding development, the team has turned the corner, entered the home stretch, and is currently concentrating its efforts on debugging, tweaking, polishing, and optimizing. As for promotion, over the next few weeks, I, main director Hiroshi Takai, creative director Kazutoyo Maehiro, and localization director Michael-Christopher Koji Fox will be taking part in interviews with multiple media outlets from across the globe to bring you even more information so make sure you keep your eyes out for those out as well!” Yoshida wrote.
“Hello! Our third trailer is finally here and jam-packed with exciting new information that provides a better picture of how the game’s setting, lore, and characters tie in with our compelling narrative. Hopefully, it was worth the wait! As the game edges closer to completion, the team has focused on debugging and final adjustments. The game is exceptional now that things are starting to come together. We know you are all hungry to see more, but for now, we hope that this little peek into the world of Final Fantasy XVI is enough to keep you both satisfied and (of course) speculating until our next big reveal.,” Takai added.
Two characters were also introduced. Dion Lesage’s overview: “Crown prince of the Holy Empire of Sanbreque and leader of its noblest and most feared order of knights—the dragoons. Dion is loved and respected by his people and his troops, not least for the many times he has turned the tide of battle in their favour. Indeed, songs of the heroism of the warrior prince and his Eikon Bahamut, King of Dragons, are never far from the lips and lutes of Sanbrequois bards. But all is not well in the empire, and the gathering shadows may be enough to quell Bahamut’s light…”
And Barnabas Tharmr’s: “Arriving on the shores of Ash as a landless and titleless wanderer, it was Barnabas’s skill with a blade that won him a kingdom. And though the local beastmen were to rise in revolt against his rule, Barnabas called on the power of his Eikon, Odin, to quell their rebellions nigh single-handedly, bringing the entirety of the eastern continent under the Waloeder banner. Now he has an army and navy that rival any in Valisthea at his disposal. Yet, the king is still drawn to where the fighting is thickest—riding into battle atop his spectral steed and sundering foes with his fabled black blade, or merely observing the unfolding chaos from the sidelines, a grisly gleam of fascination ever in his eyes.”
Final Fantasy XVI is coming to PlayStation 5 in the summer of 2023.