Final Fantasy XVI State of Play showcases new gameplay and combat details

April 14, 2023 by Alex Novichenko

In just over two months, Final Fantasy fans will finally get their hands on the next mainline installment of the series, Final Fantasy XVI. In new State of Play viewers got a 25-minute look at new gameplay and combat features, as well as intricate details of the story and world lore.

The game follows protagonist Clive Rosfield as he harnesses powerful Eikons to overcome his tragic destiny. The State of Play gave viewers a first glimpse into the game's party combat and colossal battles with new Eikons.

One of the highlights of the State of Play was the reveal of Clive's Hideout, which serves as his base camp throughout the game. Players can prepare for upcoming battles by crafting items with gathered materials or tackling training modes. They can also complete a variety of side quests and take on stronger enemies through Mob Hunts, which can be accepted from the Hunt Board.

Viewers were also introduced to Loresman Harpocrates, who studies the history and customs of Valisthea, and Vivian Ninetales, a military scholar who is well versed in the affairs of the countries of Valisthea. Both characters offer players extensive knowledge of the game's world and characters.

The latter half of the State of Play focused on combat, with new footage of Clive's action gameplay, titanic clashes between the Eikons themselves, and epic Eikonic abilities. The show unveiled many other details and characters for the very first time.

With the game's release date of June 22 drawing closer, fans can expect more information and updates in the coming weeks.