Final Fantasy 16 Rumors: What To Expect?

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Final Fantasy 16 Rumors: What To Expect?

Although Final Fantasy 15 was a long time coming, it’s generally considered to be an excellent game and has been incredibly popular around the world. With a huge host of downloadable content and ongoing developments of spinoffs and ports such as the recently released mobile version, the game continues to see financial success – a much-needed influx of cash for Square Enid after a long and arduous development cycle. While we still likely have a while to wait until the reveal and release of Final Fantasy 16 – especially considering how long it’s predecessor was in development – many are wondering what exactly we’ll see from the franchise in this upcoming title.

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Although Final Fantasy 15’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down at this point, there’s no doubt that Final Fantasy 16 is under development. But while developer Square Enix likely already has a concrete idea of the sort of story and mechanics we’ll see with the upcoming release, fans are left in the dark. It’s anyone’s guess as to the sort of content we’ll see from the new title, but considering the massive departure that Final Fantasy 15 took from previous entries in the series, we feel it’s safe to say that we’ll see more action combat in the next game.

With that said, there’s no guarantee that the combat will be exactly the same. Even with the turn-based systems of earlier entries in the series, we saw things changed up from title to title – even from one release to the one directly afterwards. One only needs to look at the jump from a traditional battle system in Final Fantasy 10 to the new job system in 10-2, or the jump from the auto battle system in 13 to the true action combat in the incredibly popular Final Fantasy 15. However, considering the rave reviews that we saw with this most recent release, it’s safe to say that we should see some sort of iteration that is similar to the design of its predecessor with the release of Final Fantasy 16.

Open World

Final Fantasy 15 represented one of the series’ first forays into a truly open world environment – and it seemed to really pay off. Fans loved the experience of traveling around the world in a trusty convertible with the lovable cast of characters and it really added to the immersive feeling of the environment.

With that said, there were definitely some flaws with the implementation that could serve to be ironed out with the release of Final Fantasy 16. While bigger isn’t always better, we feel that the upcoming game could benefit from a more expansive world with a more diverse environment. With each release becoming grander than the next, it’s safe to say we should see a world that’s at least as big as the current title when 16 hits the shelves.

Just as with the action combat, the open world received a lot of positive feedback, and square enix is sure to leverage the success of Final Fantasy 15 when it comes to the development of Final Fantasy 16. While 15 rocked the boat and introduced something brand new, we anticipate that Final Fantasy 16 will be more of a refinement than a complete overhaul of the existing systems – especially since they seem to work so well.

Better Characters

While the main characters of Final Fantasy 15 were enjoyable and relatively fleshed out, the side characters were a little lacking when it came to depth. The Final Fantasy series has long been beloved for the excellent plot and storytelling. Final Fantasy 15’s story was decent, but is largely considered to not be quite as strong as some popular earlier titles. While the game succeeded in combat, many feel that it fell a little bit short in lore and story, so a Final Fantasy 16 that works on a better plot and characters may be a welcome change. Now that Square Enix has the mechanics down pat, it may be time to get back to the series’ roots and add a more complex and enriching plot with more interesting personalities.

Final Fantasy 16 Release Date

Considering we haven’t even seen an announcement or confirmation that the game is in development, it will likely be a few years before we see the release of Final Fantasy 16. We expect the release to be sometime in 2019 at the earliest considering that Square Enix has confirmed that they will continue developing Final Fantasy Fantasy 15 at least through the end of 2018. It’s more likely, however, that the game will be released sometime in 2020 or even later.

As time goes on, we should get more information and leaks regarding the content and design of Final Fantasy 16. Until then, all we have is speculation, but considering the massive success of Final Fantasy 15, it’s safe to say we’ll see more of the same.

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Zachary Riley has been writing for several years across a wide variety of platforms, with most of his work focusing on topics related to technology and science. Before starting work with ValueWalk, he worked primarily for websites informing and connecting customers with appropriate internet and television plans. Zachary is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in English at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell.
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28 COMMENTS

  1. Cod and assasin creed sells well to and they freaking suck… Dragon quest doesnt sell particularly well and they are all amazing game, critic and sell mean jack shi#…

  2. Using Sales and Critics as an argument is a weak and asinine one. Critics get paid by companies to tell people their games are good. Look at IGN and COD giving every game glowing scores even though they are copy and paste jobs.

  3. Cod and gow sells well too… Idiot
    Dragon quest sells bad in the West… Does it make it a bad franchise? Moron… Ff15 suck and a crazy amount of old fan really hated it. Its not even what i could qualifie as a ff game.

  4. Well yeah they are … Idiot. Ff1 to 6 when you get the airship

    Ff7 when you leave midgar

    Ff8 when you get floating city

    Ff9 airship again

    Ff11 and 14… No need to draw you a picture

    Ff12 well duh…

  5. Agreed. I tried to care for Luna and Noct as a couple, but without any sort of connection taking place throughout the game between them, some parts of the game felt very underwhelming as a result, like you said.

    Though I did honestly enjoy the bro-mance the bros had with each other during the game. That’s the kind of stuff that was missing between what should have been a more realistic romance. As a general RPG game, it’s great and I enjoyed the game as a whole, but as a story-driven one, I honestly had hoped for more.

  6. You did not read my comment, apparently. I will post it again for your convenience:

    “lolololololol those games being “open world.””

    You’re welcome.

  7. Something tells me you have deep personal issues with this game that you should look into. Again, sales and critics disagree with you.

    Amend your problems, then come back.

    You’re welcome.

  8. Ff15 is the 2nd worst ff of all time after ff13 for rpg player.

    Ff15 is a freaking pseudo hack and slash way more than a rpg.

  9. If you r a true final fantasy fan u play it i played all from 1 to 15 from nintendo to ps1 get real kid ff 1 had no story you would find it boring and 2 had alot more my favorite is 7 it still the most popular one from crisis core to ff 7 advent children to ps2 dirge of Cerberus ive been a fan for all my life ff out be zelda back in the late 80s but you probably waste born yet? Thats why ff was the very first rpg if we didn’t have that we wouldn’t have them…

  10. Haha, yeah I didn’t think so. At this point in the console wars I think I’m going to just wait and get a ps5 when it comes out, hopefully holiday season of next year? Early 2020 at the latest I would think given the tech that’ll be inside

  11. “Too much gta 5”? Are you kidding me? No final fantasy can ever have that comparison. That’s blasphemy of the highest order

  12. It is nothing like GTA. If you love Final Fantasy, I would still recommend it.
    You will just scratch you head a couple of times because the story was rushed

  13. I really hope it goes back to the fantasy part. I haven’t played FFXV yet, it feels like it’ll be too much GTA V and less FF. My favorite FF game was FFIX

  14. I agree, and there were some emotional scenes. I think the one on the train in particular, stands out the most with Noct and Luna. But i do agree that there wasn’t any realism to the romance.
    I also felt after the huge open world to explore, that we were forced hastily towards the conclusion of the game. I remember completing all the side quests in that first huge area.

  15. I enjoyed it immensely… for awhile? Like starting out it was excellent but as time went on I just didn’t care about the characters or the plot. I think I spent more time doing side quests and hunting than any other final fantasy game. Usually I do enough side quests to be able to continue the story but I only continued the story once there wasn’t enough sidequests to do. It was so light on story that I had to look up spoilers all the time cause I was bored.

  16. I think the biggest letdown for me was the lack of connection with the characters. The romance was so unrealistic and could have been fixed to make the characters more likeable and understandable. Recently watched a youtube video that said they should have had Noctis and Luna not have ever met, merely spoken to each other online. They have cell phones and almost never use them. Could easily have added that to the camping scenes, them getting to know each other with those little missions between the friends having more to do with that as well. I just really didn’t particularly care about them being together, it was just too perfect with no real reason to be.

  17. lmao you think Final Fantasy 16 will be RELEASED in 2020? They are just about to release Kingdom Hearts 3 and they’re doing FFVII remake in house. Final Fantasy 16 is a long way off

  18. Well if we go by past announcements, final fantasy 15 was originally final fantasy “13 versus” that was announced at e3 in 2006. Ten years later fit came out! We should see ff16 hopefully before 2030

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