Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – #10 Final Fantasy XVI

There’s plenty of reasons to get excited for Final Fantasy XVI, whether you’re a fan of the series or not. It’s fair to say that, over the past decade, Square Enix have been attempting to court a wider audience with their flagship series, catering to the hardcore with numerous spin-offs and other new JRPGs such as Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler.

One of the biggest reasons why I’m hyped for XVI is the series’ return to a more traditional fantasy setting. Since Final Fantasy X, each game has straddled the line with futuristic influences and generally lighter tones. Straight off the bat, Final Fantasy XVI styles itself as a grittier roleplaying game, yet one still seeped in magic as armies clash over powerful crystals, some of them riding on the backs of Chocobos.


Taking place in the sprawling lands of Valisthea, players will wield the magical powers of new protagonist Clive (yep) as the factions collide, a dark corruption looking to engulf the continent.

Going back to the conventional turn-based formula always seemed unlikely for this sequel. We have confirmation that Final Fantasy XVI will be an action RPG and from what footage we’ve seen, the combat looks much more involved and skill-based compared to that battle system of Final Fantasy XV.

What’s more XVI is being developed by Square Enix Creative Business Unit III with Naoki Yoshida as producer, both credited for the ongoing success of popular MMO, Final Fantasy XVI. That should certainly give fans confidence and we’ll be watching with keen interest to see where Square will sail their flagship given the genre’s current climate.

It might be doubtful for a release in 2021 – there’s no target date attached to this – but we’re still excited to at least see more of Final Fantasy XVI through this year.

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  1. Yoshida’s involvement is definitely a reason to be excited – but Clive?! Come on!

    • It’s hard to say exactly what Yoshida’s involvement will mean for XVI but he at least has the trust of fans to help make it special.

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