Final Fantasy XVI impressions and previews have been appearing online recently, dropping bits of information about the game’s combat, Eikon battles, exploration and more. One of the most exciting pieces of news to come out of the previews is that the game will be getting a demo two weeks before release.
In a recent interview with Famitsu, Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida confirmed that a PS5 demo will be available for the game two weeks before its launch on 22 June. Save data will carry over to the full game, implying that we’ll at least have access to the opening hours of the game in this demo. Both Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake also received demos before release so this is just continuing tradition.
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It’s unclear if the demo for Final Fantasy XVI will contain any of the gameplay that media and content creators recently got their hands on, which included exploration of an early-game dungeon and an Eikon battle featuring Ifrit versus Garuda.
This is excellent news for fans who have been hoping to get their hands on Final Fantasy XVI and would like a taste of what’s to come before purchasing the game at launch. Final Fantasy demos have always been fantastically curated experiences that offer a vertical slice of gameplay representative of the final product. Final Fantasy VII Remake featured a demo that took players along the game’s opening bombing run, culminating in an explosive battle against the Scorpion Sentinel.
The initial “Platinum” demo for Final Fantasy XV was a lot more unconventional, though, as it contained a section of the game that didn’t make it into the final product. It instead served as a prologue to the main story, which was quite refreshing at the time. We aren’t sure if Final Fantasy XVI will attempt something similar, but we’ll surely find out closer to release.
Final Fantasy XVI launches on 22 June 2023 for PS5.