Final Fantasy 16 remains largely a mystery. Square Enix being Square Enix as usual, right?
Outside of a few trailers released a few months ago, we still don’t know much about the upcoming PS5 release. However, it seems we’re getting a mode that focuses on story rather than gameplay.
FF16 producer Naoki Yoshida appeared on Tokyo FM to shed more light on how it would work. Speaking to interviewers on the “Game Hack” corner of One Morning Today, he stated:
“Final Fantasy XVI is quite action-oriented. It’s a Final Fantasy featuring story and action”
(What about players who aren’t good at action games?) “We really want players to enjoy the story, so we’re preparing a mode for players who want to focus on story. Since we have quite the substantial support actions, we’re of course preparing something easy to operate and smooth to play. Don’t worry too much (players who aren’t good at action games.)”
“I’m from the generation that has been playing the Final Fantasy series from the first game in real-time—I’m almost in my 50s. I think the Warriors of Light have grown up in their own worlds, so I want to create a world of Final Fantasy that those who know the good and bad of reality can also be passionate about. I believe there are certain hardships that are experienced when becoming an adult, so I want to make the main theme of this game something that those who grew up playing Final Fantasy and understand reality can still enjoy, get something out of, and think about.”
So basically, if you tend to get stuck on every boss battle, fear not! There’s apparently going to be a mode created just for you to enjoy the story.
After all, Final Fantasy games are known for their iconic, moving, and compelling plots. It makes perfect sense for a story-focused option, given many people’s disdain for FF15’s narrative structure (or sometimes lack of).
Meanwhile, Final Fantasy 16 is still in development for PS5.