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Final Fantasy 16 is Reportedly in "Final Stages of Development"

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According to producer Naoki Yoshida, Final Fantasy 16 is in its "final stages of development."

There are a lot of eyes on Final Fantasy 16 - a series which has certainly had its ups and downs in recent years. Back in July 2021, Yoshida announced that basic work on the game's development and scenarios had been completed, with work still to be done on boss battles and development tools.

However, in December 2021 development had suffered from issues relating to COVID-19 - like so many other games these past few years. With that, development was delayed by half a year.

In a recent interview taken from the Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary Uniqlo magazine, and translated by fan @aitaikimochi on Twitter, Yoshida said that they were in the "final stages of development" and that the game has a "very fleshed out story."

Of what has been shown of Final Fantasy 16 so far, the game has a largely different style to the majority of single-player entries in the franchise. It's akin to that of MMO Final Fantasy 14, of which Yoshida is the director and producer.

Final Fantasy 16 will be set in the fantasy world of Valisthea, taking on a somewhat European-inspired aesthetic. The world is split into 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. The plot seems to center around the characters of Clive Rosfield, his younger brother Joshua, and their friend Jill Warrick.

With the game said to be nearing completion, it's likely that fans can expect more information and glimpses in the near future.