Although no major announcements on Final Fantasy XVI’s development are expected before 2021, that doesn’t mean there isn’t new information being revealed. Today, the teaser website for the upcoming PlayStation 5 exclusive opened to the public, and with it comes new information on the world and characters of Final Fantasy XVI, cementing the game as a shift away from the mechanical, ‘modern’ entries into the series since XIII and a return to the high fantasy elements of older entries.
As this new website explains, Final Fantasy XVI’s adventure takes place in the world of Valisthea, defined by its large crystal mountains known as Mothercrystals. These gave existed for generation and the people have formed a symbiotic relationship with them as they bless the world with a ether that allows them to thrive. This has, however, led to the rise of nations like the Grand Duchy of Rosaria, the Holy Empire of Sanbreque, the Kingdom of Waloed, the Dhalmekian Republic, and the Iron Kingdom that have all fought wars over their power. It’s a fascinating world and set-up for a cross-kingdom adventure.
As for the characters that will accompany you on this journey, though we were briefly introduced to them in the initial trailer for the game, this website does provide us with more detailed biographies for our main trio. Our main character is a guy called Clive Rosfield, the firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria. He’s a Shield who protects his younger brother Joshua Rosfield, the Dominant of the Phoenix. Between Joshua and the Blessing of the Phoenix bestowed on Clive by Joshua, both have the power to wield the Eikon of Fire, with Joshua able to transform into the Phoenix in order to fight for his nation.
The pair find a confidant in Jill Warrick who was raised alongside them and was taken from the Northern Territories at a young age to become a ward of the duchy.
This new information mostly serves to set up the game’s premise above all else, but together it creates a fascinating new world to explore in Final Fantasy XVI alongside a trio of interesting new characters. You can find out more over on the game’s official website.