Final Fantasy XVI key staff revealed; new screenshots and developer comments

With Final Fantasy XVI taking up the spotlight once again, Square Enix and Naoki Yoshida have a wealth of new information to share over on the PlayStation Blog. With the reveal of the new “Dominance” trailer, Yoshida shared a broader look at what actual gameplay will be like when the game launches for PlayStation 5 in Summer 2023. Not only can the protagonist Clive fight using an action battle system, Eikons (or summons) can too. The newest Eikons to join the fray include Titan and Garuda.

Director Hiroshi Takai also chimed in, revealing that FFXVI is playable from start to finish but there’s still many challenges to be had in their final push of development. Fans won’t be kept too long until the next update.

Yoshida notes that the game has entered its final leg of development as they focus on polishing up everything before launch. To that end, several key staff members were revealed including:

ProducerNaoki Yoshida
Main DirectorHiroshi Takai
Creative Director & Original ScreenplayKazutoyo Maehiro
Localization DirectorMichael-Christopher Koji Fox
Art DirectorHiroshi Minagawa
Combat DirectorRyota Suzuki
Character DesignKazuya Takahashi
ComposerMasayoshi Soken

A set of new screenshots was also provided detailing the land of Valisthea – the setting for FFXVI.


Character Designs (Kazuya Takahashi)

Permanent Economic Adviser Hugo Kapka

Permanent Economic Adviser Hugo Kupka’s meteoric rise to prominence was sudden, if not unexpected. Once a nameless foot soldier in the Republican Army, his awakening as Dominant of the Eikon Titan thrust him to the forefront of Dhalmekian politics. It was here he used his newfound position as the most powerful man in the republic to exert influence over both the nation’s armies and its policy making—amassing a personal fortune in the process. Yet while it is said that a man who has everything wants for nothing, Benedikta Harman will teach him money and power are far from all the world has to offer.

Benedikta Harman

Having emerged from the storm of youth coldhearted and ruthless, Benedikta Harman—Dominant of the Eikon Garuda, Warden of the Wind—turned her talent for swordplay and subterfuge into a command of Waloed’s elite intelligencers. It is on a mission to find the elusive second Eikon of Fire that she crosses paths with a like-minded Clive and is forced to face her past.

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