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Could Final Fantasy XVI be presented at the next PlayStation State of Play (June 2022)?

A brand new State of Play from Sony is coming out next month, and fans couldn’t be more excited. The Japanese publisher has revealed that the next livestream will be dedicated to third-party games and PS VR2. While it’s certainly disappointing that the publisher still won’t talk about more first-party content, there’s still good news.

With 2022 poised to feature several exciting third-party AAA releases, all hope is not lost for the PlayStation 5. One of the many major titles coming in the near future is Final Fantasy XVI from Japanese developer Square Enix. The highly anticipated action-RPG is the latest in the studio’s acclaimed JRPG franchise. So can we see it at the next State of Play?

June 2022 state of play could hold promise for Final Fantasy XVI

For one thing, the series is synonymous with PlayStation consoles and has, in fact, been announced for PS5 (alongside PC). As such, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect to see him at the event. So far, we’ve only seen a first trailer.

Through this, the publisher relayed story snippets and also provided in-engine gameplay footage for fans. In a nutshell, Final Fantasy XVI takes place in Valisthea, where towering structures known as Mothercrystals surround the six realms and bless them with ether. However, the peace does not last long with the arrival of the Blight.

Then there are creatures called Eikons (essentially summons, powerful creatures that aid characters in Final Fantasy lore) that are hidden with humans called Dominants. The story of this game aims to highlight these Eikons and their relationship with the trio of Joshua, Clive and Jill. The combat seems to have taken on a fast-paced, DMC-like style, and it seems to suit the game.

That being said, the upcoming State of Play showcase is a great opportunity for the studio to share more details with fans. Things like traversal, party system, combat elements, etc. are just some of the possible revelations.

What is the state of Final Fantasy XVI right now?

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As of now, there is no confirmed Square Enix release window for Final Fantasy XVI as it is still in development. However, it was recently rumored that it could see a 2022 release. Apparently, Square Enix is ​​aiming to delay Forspoken, their new open-world action RPG. Instead, Final Fantasy XVI could take its place if the team manages to finish development by the end of the year.

Whether or not this rumor is true, the upcoming State of Play should confirm it. Final Fantasy XVI could make an appearance and provide a release date. In such a case, this would also confirm the aforementioned rumor – at least partially. Assuming the game’s development goes smoothly and isn’t rushed like Final Fantasy XV, fans should be in for a treat. After all, it seems like a pretty dark setting for a Final Fantasy game, with some serious cutscenes.

What are your predictions for the next State of Play event? Do you think this game will appear, or will it be something else?

Edited by Siddharth Satish

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