Final Fantasy 16: new character info hints at story details

New details regarding Final Fantasy 16’s main protagonist may answer certain mysteries from the game’s announcement trailer.

Final Fantasy 16 is already one of the PlayStation 5’s biggest exclusives, though its announcement trailer was more of a tone-setter and didn’t reveal much in the way of the game’s plot.

However, the latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu has provided some small pieces of info about two of the game’s characters, including the main protagonist, which may answer some questions raised by the trailer.

While he still doesn’t have a name, the protagonist, the black-haired youth seen in the trailer, serves as a knight to the blonde boy named Joshua, as translated by Audrey on Twitter.

As for Joshua, he is referred to as the Phoenix, a recurring summons that has appeared throughout the series since Final Fantasy 5. He is shown to be able to use fire magic to heal wounds.

Between this knowledge and a scene from the trailer, it’s likely that Joshua transforms into the Phoenix summons itself.

At another point in the trailer, another summons called Ifrit appears. The game’s logo consists of Phoenix and Ifrit fighting and in the trailer, we can see Ifrit appearing to maul someone or something as blood flies up, while someone off-screen screams for Joshua to ‘wake up.’

This could mean that Joshua is killed, and the protagonist embarks on a mission of vengeance. His declaration of ‘I’ll kill you if it’s the last thing I do’ would then be directed at Ifrit.

Famitsu also touches on some worldbuilding, explaining that, in this world, humans need crystals to survive and that there is ‘much strife over the ‘Mother Crystal.’’

One gameplay titbit shared is that the protagonist can use something call a shift warp and summons as part of his attacks, rather than simply calling them like in previous games. Both mechanics can be seen during the announcement trailer.

This follows news that basic development and the main scenario for Final Fantasy 16 have been completed, according to a recruitment page calling for new staff members. So, essentially they’ve finished working out the basic plot and gameplay.

As such, Square Enix is ‘continuing to create large-scale resources and build boss battles while expanding various development tools.’

All this points to the game releasing far sooner than some fans may have initially expected. In fact, previous reports state that it has been in development as early as 2016.

Final Fantasy 16 is currently scheduled to release for the PlayStation 5.

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