Final Fantasy XVI, the next mainline entry in the beloved Square Enix JRPG series, has received some brand new artwork at Tokyo Game Show 2022 via a pamphlet given to visitors at the show. The anticipated game is expected to launch in summer 2023 exclusively for PS5.
The new artwork for Final Fantasy XVI shows three characters from the game: protagonist Clive Rosfield, Joshua Rosfield and Jill Warrick. Judging by the artwork, it’s possibly designed by Kazuya Takahashi, the game’s main illustrator and character designer. Square Enix is currently circling Tokyo Game Show as one of the main Japanese publishers in attendance.
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Have a look at the artwork (photograph taken by GamerGen) below:
Square Enix describes the world of Final Fantasy XVI on the game’s official website:
“The land of Valisthea is studded with Mothercrystals—glittering mountains of crystal that tower over the realms around them, blessing them with aether. For generations, people have flocked to these beacons to take advantage of their blessing, using the aether to conjure magicks that let them live lives of comfort and plenty. Great powers have grown up around each Mothercrystal, and an uneasy peace has long reigned between them. Yet now the peace falters as the spread of the Blight threatens to destroy their dominions.”
Clive was also described on the website, which also gives us an idea of the game’s central story and conflict:
“The firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria. Though all expected him to inherit the Phoenix’s flames and awaken as its Dominant, destiny instead chose his younger brother Joshua to bear this burden. In search of a role of his own, Clive dedicated himself to mastering the blade. His practice pays off when, at just fifteen years of age, he wins the ducal tournament and is dubbed the First Shield of Rosaria—tasked to guard the Phoenix and blessed with the ability to wield a part of his fire. Alas, Clive’s promising career is to end in tragedy at the hands of a mysterious dark Eikon, Ifrit, setting him on a dangerous road to revenge.”
Final Fantasy XVI launches in summer 2023 exclusively for PS5.