Final Fantasy XVI Story New Hints - Full Translation Of What Naoki Yoshida Said

Naoki Yoshida shared new details and story hints for Final Fantasy XVI, the new entry in the flagship JRPG series by Square Enix, coming to PS5.

February 22, 2021

Naoki Yoshida just shared some new story hints and interesting comments on Final Fantasy XVI.

Final Fantasy XVI (PS5) producer Naoki Yoshida appeared on radio show One Morning on February 22, during the game segment Game Hack.  Naoki Yoshida was invited to chat about FF14, but was also asked questions on FF16. Here’s what YoshiP said.

Naoki Yoshida first talked about his own past experiences with games, most notably with Street Fighter III 3rd Strike. Next, he spoke about FF14. And also shared some tips for those aiming to become game developers themselves. YoshiP also shared his current musical moods and how he regularly listens to BTS songs like Dynamite. It cheers him up while driving to work during these rough times with the pandemic.

Lastly, Naoki Yoshida was asked about Final Fantasy XVI.

The radio host first asked what kind of game Final Fantasy XVI will turn out to be. YoshiP stated it’ll focus a lot on both action gameplay and story elements.

Naoki Yoshida: “Hmm, we only released one trailer for now. As it shows, this time we’re focusing a lot on action. We’re making an FF game featuring a lot of action and story. ”

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Following that, Yoshida was asked about players who don’t like action games.

He answered that there will be several modes to help these players. Alongside other types of support such as simpler controls.

Naoki Yoshida: “Of course, Final Fantasy has a lot of players who just want to enjoy the story. So we have a mode and things to support players who want to focus on the story. We’re of course preparing things like simpler controls too. So there’s no need to worry on that front.”

Lastly, the radio host asked Naoki Yoshida about the story of Final Fantasy XVI

We’ve covered in the past all Final Fantasy XVI story elements and hints Square Enix revealed.

Naoki Yoshida: “There’s really not more I can say for now. I’m part of the generation that has been playing Final Fantasy since its beginnings, at release. I’m almost 50 years old, so I’ve experienced a lot of things in my life. So I want to make games that even those who know about how hard life can be at times can still enjoy. The kind of distress you experience after you’ve become an adult. That’s what I strive for with FF14 and the story of the Warrior of Light too. I think FF16 will be a fantasy for those who grew up with Final Fantasy, and also know the harsh reality of the world. I can’t tell you more or I’ll get yelled at, I think I already told you a lot.”

Naoki Yoshida recently spoke about the development of Final Fantasy XVI. He most notably explained at TGS 2020 that the game’s reveal trailer genuinely shows what the game looks like. With as much gameplay as possible. To avoid fans thinking it’ll be years until release.

In October 2020, Naoki Yoshida also explained the scenario of Final Fantasy XVI is already complete. However, many parts still need some work, such as cutscenes and boss battles.

If you speak Japanese and would like to listen to YoshiP yourself, an unofficial reupload of the radio show segment is currently up on YouTube.

Final Fantasy XVI has no release date yet. Square Enix previously said more news on the game is coming in 2021.

Square Enix first announced Final Fantasy XVI on both PS5 and PC, but the PC mention was later removed.

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Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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