Since the debut trailer for Final Fantasy 16 over two years ago, Square Enix has been tight-lipped on the upcoming game’s universe, battle system, and, well, everything.
We get a good look at a handful of the RPG’s Eikons – summoned monsters that can fight alongside you or against you – and how they fit into the game’s action-focused fighting system in the new teaser for Final Fantasy 16.
On Sony’s site, there’s an accompanying blog post(opens in new tab) for the trailer that adds some context to what you see in the film.
Eikons will play a significant role in Final Fantasy 16. These summoned creatures will fight, but they will also have an impact on the realm of Valisthea, where the action takes place.
Phoenix, Titan, Garuda, Ramuh, Shiva, Odin, Bahamut, and Ifrit are the Eikons revealed in the teaser. Each of them is a formidable opponent with a unique set of powers, strengths, and limitations.
Final Fantasy 16’s developers provide more history on the characters in charge of the Eikons in a blog post. “Once a nameless foot soldier in the Republican Army, his awakening as Dominant of the Eikon Titan pushed him to the forefront of Dhalmekian politics,” says Permanent Economic Adviser Hugo Kupka. He is skimming off the top of his people and guiding their will from his position of power. Titan is the hulking young man in the trailer who appears to be nine feet tall.
Meanwhile, Benedikta Harman has possession of one of the other Eikons, Garuda. She’s on a mission to unearth a second Eikon of Fire, and you’ll be joining her – as Clive Rosfield – on this journey.
A very lively warfare system is also shown in the trailer. I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of Final Fantasy, so they’re still mostly turn-based games in my head (even if that hasn’t been the case for a while), but even I was startled by how freeform the combat in the trailer appeared to be. It’ll be intriguing to watch how Square Enix reveals more about Final Fantasy 16’s battle system.
However, we’ll have to wait a bit to get our hands on Final Fantasy 16, as it won’t be released until summer 2023.
Do you want to learn more about Sony? All of the main announcements from tonight’s State of Play are listed here.