This summer, the epic Final Fantasy saga continues with Final Fantasy XVI, which will see players take their role in an incredibly original title, taking up arms on the battlefield and the skies. In the most recent trailer, characters talk about impending war and the mention of incredibly powerful summons from the franchise, including Phoenix, Odin and Garuda.
Final Fantasy XVI will be the 16th main title in the franchise and will introduce players to the world of Valisthea. In this beautiful land, the inhabitants live comfortably thanks to the mountains of crystal known as the Mothercrystals. Unfortunately, the peace is on the verge of shattering with whispers of war resounding through the six factions – the Grand Duchy of Rosaria, the Holy Empire of Sanbreque, the Kingdom of Waloed, the Dhalmekian Republic, the Iron Kingdom, and the Crystalline Dominion.
As seen in other Final Fantasy titles, Final Fantasy XVI will include summoned monsters known as Eikons. In Valisthea, these summons can be controlled by people known as Dominants. In the first trailer, we saw Shiva take on Titan, while in the second, we saw the dark Eikon Ifrit face off against Phoenix and Garuda. The main characters of Final Fantasy XVI will be Clive Rosfield, Joshua Rosfield, and Jill Warrick. The two young men are brothers, with Clive being the firstborn of the Archduke of Rosaria who is seeking revenge for something that happened to Ifrit, while Joshua, the youngest brother, is heir to the throne of Rosaria. Jill is the foster sister of the boys, who the brothers turn to for support.
It will be interesting to see what FFTCG cards themed around this latest game will be released. We already have several versions of the Eikons appearing in Final Fantasy XVI, but this could be a good opportunity to release a new series of Starter Decks fronted by the Dominants and their Eikons. New main games always stir up excitement in the community and see many fans return to the franchise. Could we see a boom in the TCG’s popularity?
As we are all too aware within the FFTCG, Square Enix has had its fair share of delays over the last couple of years. In December, producer Yoshida had to share the tough news that the game had fallen almost half a year behind schedule as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the unexpected issues that arose when staff were forced to work from home. One of the main issues was that communication with the Tokyo office was affected negatively, leading to delays and cancellations of asset deliveries from the outsource partners. In a statement Yoshida said:
“We have spent much of 2021 addressing this issue and hope to see its impact to a minimum by the new year, allowing us to better focus on the tasks at hand: increasing graphic resource quality, refining combat mechanics, fleshing out individual battles, putting the finishing touches on cutscenes, and conducting overall graphical optimization.”
Final Fantasy 16 will release on the PS5 this summer, without any specific release date shared. Are you looking forwards to playing the latest main title in the Final Fantasy franchise and collecting the cards based on the debuting characters? To keep up to date with all the latest FF TCG products, news and market updates, make sure to follow Ludkins Media on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to take a look at other incredible cards in the game, head over to Anthos, the ultimate database for everything Final Fantasy TCG.
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