'Final Fantasy 16' Release Date: Story, Gameplay, and More

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Quick question for whoever is reading this right now - THAT FINAL FANTASY XVI DEMO WAS AMAZING, RIGHT? The two-hour sample size of Square Enix's next major 2023 release quickly convinced us that it's going to be one of the best games of the year. The mature dialogue, flashy combat, and shocking ending that sets up what's to come in the full version made us and plenty of other gamers believers. Development studio Square Enix Creative Business Unit III has been hard at work on this next mainline FF game for a couple of years now and has polished it extensively to make sure it delivers one of the most refined experiences on launch day. Before we're all whisked off to the grand medieval fantasy realm of "Valisthea," allow us to break down everything regarding the Final Fantasy 16 release date, its story, and the major gameplay mechanics that define this soon-to-be-released action RPG epic.

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Release Date

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The Final Fantasy 16 release date is slated for June 22, 2023, and is only planned for launch on PS5 that day. The physical release of this game will come in three different versions - a Standard Edition, a Deluxe Edition, and a Collector's Edition. The Standard Edition just comes with the game itself. As for the Deluxe Edition, its bonuses come in the form of a Clive Rosfield-themed SteelBook Case and a cloth map of "Valisthea." And finally, the Collector's Edition with everything included in the Deluxe Edition, a highly detailed Phoenix vs Ifrit statue, a metal "Eikon" pin collection, the "Blood Sword" DLC, and access to a digital mini artbook & a digital mini soundtrack. As for the digital versions of FF XVI, there's a Standard Edition and a Deluxe Edition. The Standard Digital Edition just comes with a downloadable copy of the game, while the Deluxe Digital Edition comes with the game plus the digital mini artbook and digital mini soundtrack.



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The main character of FF XVI is Clive Rosefield, the firstborn son of Rosaria's ruling family. His younger brother Joshua ends up being given the role of a Dominant over him as he is entrusted with being the host for the Phoenix Eikon, which embodies the element of fire. During a time of increasing unrest within Valisthea, Clive's father is murdered and Joshua seemingly loses his life as well when another fire Eikon named Ifrit arises and wipes out Phoenix with his insurmountable strength. Clive then embarks on a quest for revenge in order to seek out Ifrit and the Dominant that wields its overwhelming power. Speaking of Dominants, these are the ones we've been introduced to through gameplay trailers and the demo itself thus far:

Joshua Rosfield - Dominant of Phoenix

Cidolfus Telamon - Dominant of Ramuh

Hugo Kupka - Dominant of Titan

Benedikta Harman - Dominant of Garuda

Jill Warrick - Dominant of Shiva

Dion Lesage - Dominant of Bahamut

Barnabas Tharmr - Dominant of Odin


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