Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida reveals a story mode will be included, which is good for players who aren’t as good at action games. The game will have a balance of having a narrative while still being “action-oriented”.
Yoshida announced this new feature as part of a radio interview on the Tokyo FM show One Morning, as reported by Games Talk via Gematsu. This story mode is reportedly “easy to operate and smooth to play”, but any further details on exactly how it will work were not given. Yoshida also answered questions about the upcoming release and gave some insight into what inspired the game as someone who grew up playing the series from the very first entry.
Yoshida: I’m from the generation that has been playing the Final Fantasy series from the first game in real-time—I’m almost in my 50s. I think the Warriors of Light have grown up in their own worlds, so I want to create a world of Final Fantasy that those who know the good and bad of reality can also be passionate about. I believe there are certain hardships that are experienced when becoming an adult, so I want to make the main theme of this game something that those who grew up playing Final Fantasy and understand reality can still enjoy, get something out of, and think about.
Final Fantasy XVI is being developed by Square Enix’s Creative Business Unit III, which Naoki Yoshida led, and who is responsible for the highly successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV. In 2019 the studio hired Ryota Suzuki as a Battle Director. Before this, Suzuki worked at Capcom as a combat designer on Devil May Cry 5 and Dragon’s Dogma. While it has not been officially confirmed that he is working on Final Fantasy XVI, the announcement that he had joined the same development studio was made before the game was revealed, and so at the time, it was only said that he would be working on a AAA action game.
What do you think of the reveals of Final Fantasy XVI having this story mode? Do you think it would be something you would use? What do you think about the trend of the series heading in an action-focused direction? Let us know in the comments.