Yoshida details character development and game state

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If anyone still has vague hopes for a performance by Final Fantasy XVI at the 2021 Tokyo Game Show, it was quickly razed to the ground. Square Enix Presents made it clear from the start that there would be no return to the game these days.

During a panel on “The Charm and Possibilities of RPGs” with Hironobu Sakaguchi on Saturday, there were some new details about the development status, such as VGC reported.

After the final comments from director Naoki Yoshida, you think that Final Fantasy XVI is already quite advanced. On the other hand, we haven’t seen the game this year.

The main scenario is now complete. The remaining side quests are currently being spent on. According to Yoshida, the work on the character models has also been completed, but some fine-tuning is still needed here to ensure quality.

Character development through skill tree

Over the course of the game, the two also talked about character development in RPGs. Sakaguchi said one of the “best feelings in RPGs” is when a new skill tree is unlocked. Customizing a predefined character within certain limits is one of the core aspects of an RPG.

Yoshida then replied that Final Fantasy XVI would have an “extensive” skill tree system. Including such skill trees is also good for giving players the feeling that their character is “growing” and that this feels unique and personal.

Quoted on this siliconera: “There are usually two ways to play a character. You can put yourself in the shoes of a predefined protagonist or as in [Final Fantasy] XIV become your own protagonist. But even in the event that you’re playing a predefined character, it’s better to allow some degree of customization in the character’s development as it means more play options.”

When will there be new information about Final Fantasy XVI?

Most recently, Naoki Yoshida had confirmed in an interview that he was able to balance the two interesting positions while working on Final Fantasy XVI and Final Fantasy XIV. Weeks ago, however, he doubted whether he would be able to show Final Fantasy XVI again at the Tokyo Game Show.

With the Tokyo Game Show, today’s Square Enix Presents, and the PlayStation Showcase shortly after Gamescom, this year’s last biggest presentation opportunities have probably passed. Originally, when Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XVI in September 2020, fans could expect more information this year.

The recording of the panel

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