Fantasy Final XVI: Newest Trailer Gives Us a Closer Look at Valisthea

Let's take a closer look.
Let's take a closer look. Square Enix

A new trailer has been dropped for Final Fantasy XVI, which gives us more information on what to expect from this upcoming new title. Titled “AMBITION,” it provides a more in-depth look at the backstory of the game. We’re introduced to the realm of Valisthea and the characters that we’ll encounter in the game.

One of the characters are the Dominants, single men and women blessed with the ability to call upon a dread power, a power unlike anything ever seen in the Final Fantasy series. This power comes from the Eikons, powerful and deadly creatures that reside within the Dominants.

You can watch the trailer below:

Final Fantasy XVI follows the story of Clive Rosfield, a young man dedicated to mastering the blade and has been called as the First Shield of Rosaria. He’s been tasked with guarding his younger brother Joshua, the Dominant of the Phoenix. Unexpected events resulted in Clive going on a dark and dangerous road to revenge. Another character that players will meet is Jill Warrick, foster sister of Clive and Joshua and comes from the fallen Northern Territories.

In a statement, Final Fantasy XVI Producer Naoki Yoshida revealed that instead of focusing on action like they did the last time, in the Ambition trailer, they wanted to offer a more in-depth look at the lore and characters.

Meanwhile, Director Hiroshi Takai shared that the game is moving closer to competition with the team now looking more into the debugging and final adjustments. He added that things have started to come together.


Back in December 2021, it was announced that the game would be delayed due to COVID-19. The pandemic forced the staff to work from home and this led to communication troubles, particularly in the Tokyo office. There were also delays and cancellations of asset deliveries from outsource partners.

By June 2022, it was revealed that the game would be launching worldwide on PlayStation 5 in summer 2023. That's just less than a year from now, assuming there are no more hiccups.

Meet the Team

Aside from Producer Naoki Yoshida and Director Hiroshi Takai, the team also has:

  • Creative Director and Original Screenplay
    • Kazutoyo Maehiro (Final Fantasy XIV Online, Final Fantasy XII, The Last Remnant)
  • Localization Director
    • Michael-Christopher Koji Fox (Final Fantasy XIV Online, Final Fantasy XI Online, Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus)
  • Art Director
    • Hiroshi Minagawa (Final Fantasy XIV Online, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy Tactics)
  • Combat Director
    • Ryota Suzuki (Devil May Cry 5, Dragon’s Dogma, and Marvel VS. Capcom 2, all published by CAPCOM)
  • Character Design
    • Kazuya Takahashi (Final Fantasy XIV Online, Final Fantasy XI Online, Final Fantasy X)
  • Composer
    • Masayoshi Soken (Final Fantasy XIV Online, Nanashi no Game series, and Mario Hoops 3-on-3, published by Nintendo)

Learn more about Final Fantasy XVI here.

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