The long-running Final Fantasy series saw a banner year in 2020 with the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake and the reveal of Final Fantasy XVI.

For the former, more content is likely coming in the future that will continue the story set up by the remake of the classic game.

As for Final Fantasy XVI, fans have wondered how the game will play since its announcement trailer released in September. It seems that they won't have to wonder too much anymore, as the game's producer confirmed the type of experience fans can expect.

AN “ACTION-ORIENTED” EXPERIENCE FOR FINAL FANTASY XVI

In an appearance on the Tokyo FM radio show “One Morning,” Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed that the story of the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI is “quite action-oriented.” 

In the interview, which was translated by Gematsu, Yoshida added, “It’s a Final Fantasy featuring story and action.”

“We really want players to enjoy the story, so we’re preparing a mode for players who want to focus on story. Since we have quite the substantial support actions, we’re of course preparing something easy to operate and smooth to play. Don’t worry too much (players who aren’t good at action games).”

CONTINUING A RECENT FINAL FANTASY TREND

Based on Yoshida’s comments, it seems that Final Fantasy XVI’s combat system will function similarly to that of Final Fantasy XV. That game’s battle system focused on action and quick decisions rather than the turn-based experience of older Final Fantasy games. Fans of that system will likely find a similar experience with Final Fantasy XVI.

This “action-oriented” combat is somewhat different from Final Fantasy VII Remake’s battle system, which incorporated turn-based elements. Its battle system definitely featured  in-the-moment action, but it encouraged players to slow down fights and strategize future moves.

It seems that Final Fantasy XVI aims to tell another sprawling story in the Final Fantasy franchise. Since its inception in 1987, the Final Fantasy series has placed story at the heart of the experience. Despite featuring an action-focused its combat system, Final Fantasy XVI will undoubtedly place a heavy emphasis on story as the next installment moves forward.