In addition to revealing a new trailer during the June 2022 State of Play, Square Enix announced a number of the staff members on the FFXVI dev team. We already knew FFXIV Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida would is its producer. However, more FFXIV staff are working on FFXVI, like composer Masayoshi Soken.
Eight members of the FFXVI dev team were revealed after the showcase, and of them six also worked on FFXIV. However, almost everyone involved has experience working on Final Fantasy installments. In particular, FFXIV Composer Masayoshi Soken will fill the same role for FFXVI. Michael-Christopher Koji Fox is working on the localization for both games. Kazutoyo Maehiro was the Main Scenario Writer for FFXIV: A Realm Reborn and Heavensward. Here, Maehiro is the Creative Director and wrote the game’s original screenplay. Hiroshi Minagawa will be the Art Director, a role he also filled for FFXIV Heavensward, Stormblood and Shadowbringers. Finally, Kazuya Takahashi is handling FFXVI character designs. Takahashi also did art for the MMO and its expansions.
Here’s the official announcement confirming members of the FFXVI dev team.
— FINAL FANTASY XVI (@finalfantasyxvi) June 3, 2022
Final Fantasy XVI will come to the PlayStation 5 in Summer 2023.