Final Fantasy XVI is the subsequent mainline entry within the long-running RPG sequence and it appears to be going for a radically totally different tone in comparison with previous entries. We positively obtained some Game of Thrones vibes from previous trailers. And looking back, that’s not shocking, because the builders engaged on the sport have been “required” to observe HBO’s standard fantasy sequence earlier than improvement started on FFXVI.
Launching June 22, 2023 solely on PlayStation 5, Final Fantasy XVI takes place on the planet of Valisthea, which is coming into its “twilight.” Natural assets are dwindling and conflict is brewing, threatening to plunge rival nations into chaos. How this may all works out will seemingly be determined by the Dominants, fundamental characters who glow bizarre colours, and Eikons, acquainted summons like Ifrit and Bahamut that the Dominants can rework into. And whereas a few of this connects again to the basic, usually medieval-themed FF video games, the general tone of trailers and current previews feels darker and extra mature.
This newly darkish tone in comparison with previous video games isn’t a mistake, in line with FFXVI’s producer Naoki Yoshida.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Yoshida says that as he’s grown older he finds himself liking fantasy that’s “based mostly extra in actuality.” He defined that after they noticed how Game of Thrones and the books it was based mostly on had actually “resonated” with individuals, he knew FFXVI ought to go the same route. To ensure the sport had the same “really feel,” the primary individuals engaged on the sport needed to watch the present.
“When we first began creating the sport,” Yoshida stated, “We had our core staff of about 30 members very early on purchase the Blu-ray boxset of Game of Thrones and required everybody to observe it, as a result of we wished this sort of really feel.”
Final Fantasy XVI is closely impressed by western fantasy, like Lord of the Rings
When Eurogamer identified a scene they noticed throughout their preview reminded them of a scene from the Lord of the Rings movies that featured Gandalf and the Balrog, Yoshida admitted he had learn the novels and seen the movies “a number of occasions” however didn’t notice how comparable the scenes have been till it was identified. “But now that you just talked about it, it actually does look [similar].”
It’s one other instance of how the staff appears to be impressed by western fantasy, like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. FFXVI’s artwork director Hiroshi Minagawa advised Eurogamer that these franchises made sense, as that was the kind of type and really feel they have been aiming for.
“If we need to create one thing that has that sort of western really feel, we’ve got to look to the west for that sort of inspiration,” stated Minagawa. “And so issues like Game of Thrones are issues that we glance to as a result of that kind of stuff doesn’t exist the place we stay in Japan.”
Now, have been the devs required to observe the closing season of Game of Thrones, and in that case, did they get hazard pay?