In an interview with the hosts of “Game Hack,” a Japan-based radio show, Producer Naoki Yoshida revealed more details about Final Fantasy XVI. This included a discussion about the various modes that will be available in Final Fantasy XVI, one of which will cater to players who are more focused on the story elements of the upcoming mainline title. Additionally, Yoshida discussed his aspirations for the story and what he hopes to convey through its narrative. [Thanks, Games Talk!]
Regarding the combat of Final Fantasy XVI, Yoshida revealed that the game will include both story and action elements. However, a Final Fantasy XVI story-focused mode will be available for those who aren’t as accustomed to action-oriented gameplay. This mode will include a variety of support actions, which were not detailed in the interview and only mentioned. However, Yoshida noted that the gameplay will be smooth and easy to get the hang of.
When discussing the narrative of Final Fantasy XVI, Yoshida spoke about his experience as being from the generation that was able to experience the series from its beginning. He stated that he would like to “create a world within the Final Fantasy universe that those who understand the complexities and realities of good and bad can be excited for.” Additionally, Yoshida mentioned that this entry will focus on the hardships and experiences of becoming an adult, which he hopes people can equally be passionate about.
Final Fantasy XVI is currently in development for the PlayStation 5. It was announced in early October 2020 that basic development and scenario production for Final Fantasy XVI was finished.