| And It Looks Absolutely Insane! |
SQUARE ENIX® released a free consumer demo for FINAL FANTASY®XVI, the latest standalone entry in the critically-acclaimed FINAL FANTASY franchise, ahead of its highly anticipated launch on June 22 for PlayStation®5 (PS5™) consoles. The consumer demo was revealed during the FINAL FANTASY XVI Pre-Launch Celebration in Los Angeles yesterday, which hosted hundreds of fans and guests who celebrated the upcoming launch with a variety of activities, on-stage announcements and panels.
At the FINAL FANTASY XVI Pre-Launch Celebration, FINAL FANTASY XVI Producer Naoki Yoshida announced that the FINAL FANTASY XVI Demo will give fans interested in starting the adventure early access to the opening prologue, with saved progress carrying over to the full game after its release. In the demo, take control of Clive Rosfield at the start of his epic tale and learn about his ambitions and goals, as he endures a tragic event sending him on a dark and dangerous path of revenge. Completing the prologue allows players to experience a special battle demo which has numerous abilities unlocked, giving them the opportunity to jump into exhilarating battles and test out a wide array of devastating attacks and combos.
Additionally, a new trailer, titled “ASCENSION,” was revealed. The trailer provided a further glimpse of what fans can expect in the high-octane action-RPG.
Further, in partnership with creative agency Anomaly, SQUARE ENIX revealed a short film at the event, titled “Requiem.” The three minute 30 second film is directed by Diego Contreras and features live actors, along with a moving score composed by the game’s Composer Masayoshi Soken, further bringing to life the game’s immersive story.
FINAL FANTASY XVI introduces players to an all-new story in the FINAL FANTASY universe, an epic dark fantasy that takes place in the realm of Valisthea – a land blessed in the light of the Mothercrystals, and where peace falters as the spread of the Blight threatens to destroy their dominions. The fate of the land is decided by the Eikons, mighty summoned beasts and their Dominants, men and women who have been blessed with the ability to call upon and wield them. This is the tale of Clive Rosfield, a warrior granted the title “First Shield of Rosaria” and sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, the Dominant of the Phoenix, Eikon of Fire. Before long, Clive will be caught up in a great tragedy and swear revenge on the Dark Eikon known as Ifrit, a mysterious entity that brings calamity in its wake.
FINAL FANTASY XVI is rated M (Mature) and will be available for the PlayStation®5 console on June 22, 2023.