Final Fantasy XVI State Of Play: Start Time, Where To Watch And What To Expect

Final Fantasy XVI will be the focus of Sony’s next State of Play broadcast.

Scheduled for Thursday, April 13 (that’s the day after tomorrow in case you were wondering), Sony has confirmed it will feature 20 minutes of footage dedicated to Square Enix’s latest instalment in their genre-defining Final Fantasy series. 

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, SIE’s Senior Manager of Content Communications, Brett Elston said: “From the moment Final Fantasy XVI debuted in our 2020 PlayStation 5 showcase fans around the world have eagerly awaited details on the game’s dark fantasy setting, the powerful Eikons and the Dominants who house them, and the flashy battle system teased in those early trailers.”

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The broadcast airs this coming Thursday.

Speaking to Sony’s Sachie Kobari via the PlayStation Blog, Final Fantasy XVI Director Hiroshi Takai: said of the game’s change in direction from a traditional RPG to a full-fledged action RPG:   

He said: “When it came to designing FFXVI, we wanted to see what would happen if we took it in a new direction and made it a full-action RPG. We fine-tuned the gameplay so that when you take the DualSense controller in your hand, your every input produces a reaction that you can really feel. One of the main features of the battle system is the wide range of Eikonic abilities that Clive can unleash, and this results in a great deal of freedom in how players can approach battle. There are also the Eikon-on-Eikon battles, where the player controls the series’ famous summons directly, to add to the action. It’s a non-stop, white-knuckle ride from start to finish.”

In the same interview, Takai-san also praised the PS5’s Memory and speedy SSD drive. He said: “I’ve worked with a lot of different hardware over the years, and many have failed to strike the right balance between the capabilities of the hardware and the size of the memory. However, the PS5 is different—it comes with enough memory installed to take full advantage of the hardware. As for the SSD, as we were building the game, I was simply blown away by how fast it was.”

Start time, Where to Watch and What to Expect

The State of Play will be broadcast live on Twitch and YouTube on Thursday, April 13 at 2pm PT / 5pm ET / 10pm BST / 11pm CEST. 

No other titles were mentioned either in the blog post or on Twitter so it is safe to assume that Final Fantasy XVI will be the focus of most of, if not all of the show.  

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