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Final Fantasy 16 news, trailer and what we know so far

It's been confirmed: Final Fantasy 16 (XVI) is in development and it's coming to PlayStation 5. The RPG is the next mainline title in the long and storied Final Fantasy series – in every entry, developer at Square Enix completely changes the setting, characters, and how the game plays, which is no different here. As far as we know, FF16 will be a single-player experience, but no release date has been shared.

After its reveal trailer was released, Square Enix launched a new teaser website, confirming character names, the story and the location the game will take place in. In the trailer, we meet three main characters, who we now know are Clive (the main protagonist), Joshua (Clive's younger brother), and Jill, a family friend close to the two brothers.

Since the game's reveal, Square Enix has been keeping quiet and playing its cards close to its chest so, even though it's currently unclear when we'll lean more, we're hoping it won't be too much longer. 

Here's everything we know about Final Fantasy 16 so far. 

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next mainline single-player Final Fantasy title
  • Where can I play it? At the moment, there is no release date
  • Which console is it on? Final Fantasy 16 will definitely be released on PS5 but there's been a lack of clarity around a potential PC release

Final Fantasy 16 release date: what do we know?

At the moment, there is no fixed Final Fantasy 16 release date so we're not expecting to see it all that soon.

That said, the game's first reveal trailer was surprisingly polished – it showed cutscenes and battles running in real-time, which producer Naoki Yoshida says "represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this."

Director Hiroshi Takai suggests a long wait is in store, however, saying, "And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands."

Everyone remembers the horrifically long wait for Final Fantasy 15 – it was revealed in 2006 as a completely different game before development was rebooted ahead of a 2016 release date. Don't expect that this time – Yoshida is something of an organisational mastermind. He's the brains behind Final Fantasy 14's A Realm Reborn reinvention – an extraordinary turnaround, and evidence that FF16 is in safe hands, certainly in terms of scheduling and story.

Yoshida has said says there will be a big update regarding the game in 2021, so expecting it later than that makes sense.

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Clive (left), Joshua (middle) and Jill Warrick (right)

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Concept art of the world of Valisthea

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New key art has been released with the launch of a teaser website

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Clive Rosfield is the main playable character.

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It has been revealed the this is an older version of Clive Rosfield

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Ifrit the Eikon (or, summon) appears in the trailer.

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Different Chocobo colors confirmed!

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The Eikon, Pheonix, is held within Joshua

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The main logo for Final Fantasy 16, illustrated by the legendary Yoshitaka Amano.

Final Fantasy 16 trailers

Final Fantasy 16 has had just one trailer so far – and can watch it below. 

It's a surprisingly great teaser for the game. It isn't just some cinematics and ambiguous hints at what to come – we get a healthy does of the setting, various characters and how the game will actually play when you get into a fight. 

At the start of the trailer, we see haggard mercenary characters sitting around a campfire, who are about to charge into battle. Eventually, it changes pace to show a young boy called Joshua who appears to hold some form of magical power, seemingly linked to the Phoenix – an Eikon, or summon, in Final Fantasy parlance.

Check out the first Final Fantasy 16 trailer below:

Final Fantasy 16 news and more information

Working on it with the “utmost care”

Final Fantasy 16 producer and Final Fantasy 14 director, Naoki Yoshida, has given a brief update on his work on the game in a recent interview with Famitsu (via @aitaikimochi). Yoshida is working on both games and said that rumors that he’s too busy to work on Final Fantasy 14 are “not true” and that he’s “desperately working” on both games. Yoshida added that, “In either case, Final Fantasy 14 and Final Fantasy 16 will both be completed with the utmost care, so we hope for your support from here on out”.

Square Enix will be at Tokyo Game Show but a Final Fantasy 16 appearance seems unlikely

Square Enix has confirmed that it will be presenting at Tokyo Game Show this year with a 50-minute stream on October 1, but previous comments from Final Fantasy 16’s development team give us the impression that it’s probably safer to not expect a showing from that game.

Speaking as part of a Final Fantasy 14 stream back in July, FF 16 producer Naoki Yoshida said (translated by Twitter user @aitaikimochi and Siliconera) that the team would rather show off the game closer to its launch instead of drip-feeding information over a long period of time. On the game's official site it still states that "the next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021" but when that is set to happen in 2021 remains unclear.

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A chance of an Xbox release?

Final Fantasy 16 has been confirmed for PS5 and there have been rumours of a PC release. But could an Xbox release be in the pipeline too? A small disclaimer on PlayStation Australia’s website makes it seem like a possibility.

As discovered by a Twitter user, underneath Final Fantasy 16’s release date – which is still TBC – it says the game is, “Not available on other consoles for a limited time.” What’s interesting here is that if the listing said “other platforms”, we’d assume the game was coming to PC as suggested before. However, “other consoles” indicates that Final Fantasy 16 could make its way to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at a later date.

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Final Fantasy 16’s fate on platforms other than PS5 is yet to be confirmed so until Sony or Square Enix speaks out on the matter it remains speculation. 

Timed PS5 exclusive?

A recent trailer shared by PlayStation Brazil suggests that a PC release of Final Fantasy 16 could come after its PS5 launch, rather than alongside it. As spotted by GamesRadar, the trailer shows upcoming PS5 games, Final Fantasy 16 among them, and the fine print at the bottom of the trailer states that the game won’t be “available on other platforms for a limited time after launching on PS5.” 

There has been some confusion around Final Fantasy 16’s platforms. When the game was first revealed, its trailer showed that it would release on PC but this was quickly changed to show it as a PS5 release only. Square Enix was reticent to comment on other platforms, telling IGN ,“We have no further information on if Final Fantasy XVI will be released on platforms other than the PS5.”

Games industry analyst Piers Harding-Rolls has previously claimed that the game will be exclusive to the PS5 for its first six months and that while there's no official confirmation a PC release is on the cards, it could happen.

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Given the lack of clarity around the game’s release, it wouldn’t be surprising if the game was a timed PS5 exclusive with a PC release coming at a later date but we won’t know for sure until Square Enix confirms it. 

There’s going to be a mode with a focus on story

Final Fantasy 16’s trailer was action-packed but in a recent radio interview (via Kotaku) producer Naoki Yoshida said that while Final Fantasy 16 is going to be “action-oriented” it’s “turning into a Final Fantasy that features both story and action.” 

According to Yoshida, steps are being taken to accommodate players who prefer story to action and he’s quoted as saying, “We strongly want people to enjoy the story, so we’re preparing a mode for those who want to focus on the story.”

When pressed for details on the story, Yoshida was less forthcoming, saying “There are still only a few things I can say, but for me, I’m part of the generation that was there from the first Final Fantasy in real-time.”

It seems, though, that the story might touch on more mature themes, as he added, “I think that when you become an adult, you also understand suffering. And so, people who have grown up on Final Fantasy, also know the real world. But even then, they want to once again enjoy fantasy. They can get something out of it and are able to contemplate things. I’m thinking I’d like to make this a theme [for the game].”

The lack of news is intentional

It might feel like you’ve not heard much about Final Fantasy 16 since it was announced but don’t worry: it’s on purpose. In a February interview with The Washington Post (via VG247), producer Naoki Yoshida explained that, “We don’t want to say something that’s half baked and cause speculation on the title. With any Final Fantasy fan, depending on which Final Fantasy title is your jam, the point that you get excited will tend to differ.”

Square Enix launches a teaser website

Square Enix's new teaser website launched on October 29 which shares more information about Final Fantasy 16.

At the moment, the website is showing off new art, characters, lots of backstory and more details about the world of Valisthea.

We've now been introduced to three main characters for Final Fantasy 16; Clive, the main protagonist of the game, his brother Joshua and their family friend Jill.

As well as the teaser website, producer of the game Naoki Yoshida has shared a detailed blog post containing new information on the PlayStation Blog.

In the post, Yoshida talks about the world, which is called Valisthea, the main character Clive and the role that Eikons and Dominants have in the game.

Timeskip confirmed

The PlayStation blog confirms that the young knight and the tattooed man in the “Awakening” trailer are one and the same. His name is Clive Rosfield, and he’s the main protagonist of Final Fantasy 16.

It seems likely the game might be split into two parts, the first focusing on a young Clive as he protects Joshua and then, over the course of the story (at least, from the trailer) we see Clive is some form of mercenary going into war against a Dominant, which could be Shiva or Titan.

Who is directing Final Fantasy 16?

As mentioned, Hiroshi Takai is in charge of directing Final Fantasy 16. He has previously worked on the immensely successful MMOs Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn as well as Final Fantasy 11, the first online Final Fantasy title.

Both of the MMOs do a great job of wonderfully capturing the essence and charm of Final Fantasy and translate it into an online setting well, complete with compelling characters, stories and beautifully designed worlds.

Who is producing the game?

As discussed, Square Enix has set Naoki Yoshida as the game's producer, and he's the one who brought Final Fantasy 14  back from the brink of defeat, turning it into one of Square's most successful games.

Ultimately, this information will either mean a lot to you or very little depending on how much you've played or enjoyed Final Fantasy 11 and A Realm Reborn.

Final Fantasy 16 characters and story

Clive, Joshua and Jill

Clive Rosfield is the main protagonist of the game. The teaser website explains that he's the firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria and he's in charge of protecting his younger brother Joshua, who happens to hold the Dominant of the Phoenix. 

Thanks to Joshua's link to the Eikon Phoenix, Clive has been bestowed the Blessing of the Phoenix upon him, giving him the ability to use some of the Eikon's flame and power to make himself stronger. 

As the story unfolds, we're told that Clive is "swept up into a great tragedy."

Joshua Rosfield, the young boy from the trailer,is Clive’s little brother. 

The PlayStation blog explains that he is also the Dominant of the Phoenix — Eikon of Fire. This means that Joshua has the Eikon Phoenix inside him, giving him special abilities and powers. 

We're told that "As a Dominant, Joshua transforms into the Phoenix and fights to protect his nation." Giving us a little bit of information about the world and how they view Dominants and Eikons.

Finally, Jill Warrick is the young girl we first met in the trailer. She's friends with Clive and Joshua because, an early age, she was taken from her homeland in the Northern Territories—a nation that swore loyalty to the Grand Duchy of Rosaria—to broker peace between the two powers.

This is just our speculation, but we think it's pretty obvious from the trailer that Jill is also a Dominant, but this might be a secret to others in the game. In terms of which Dominant, we think from the trailer that she holds Shiva, the power of Ice, due to some visual similarities. We could be completely wrong, but it's always fun to guess! 

What are Eikons and Dominants?

You'll recognize the term Eikon if you've played Final Fantasy 14, A Realm Reborn, where they're referred to as Primals. 

The official website tells us Eikons "reside within special beings called Dominants. How Dominants are treated depends on the realm—in some, they are revered as royalty, while in others they are sent to the frontlines as weapons of war." Again, giving further information as to how Dominants are seen throughout the world.

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Final Fantasy 16 location and setting

Velisthea and the light of the Mothercrystals

We now know that Final Fantasy 16's story and adventure will take place in a land called Valisthea.

The world is tied to six different Mothercrystals, which have been around for generations. During this time, six powerful nations have risen up around the Mothercrystals and each place now lives in relative peace.

As is always the case with Final Fantasy, the blessings bestowed by the Mothercrystals has allowed these powers to thrive, and their people to live in comfort.

Of course, we also learn that the crystals have been the cause of "countless wars", which eventually formed the six nations now in the game.

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Everything we know about Final Fantasy 16 – release date, platforms, and more

Final Fantasy fans can rejoice because Final Fantasy 16 is officially on the way. Set to take us to the land of Valisthea as protagonist Clive Rosfield, we've already gotten to see some glimpses of the upcoming adventure coming to the PS5. In the PS5 showcase in September last year, we were treated to the first reveal trailer.  Since then, we've steadily been learning more about the game here and there. 

Square Enix got us even more excited earlier this year by launching an official website for the game, with some beautifully illustrated artwork that introduces us to the three main characters we'll be meeting. It also gave us some information to tuck into about the world setting and a few story elements. Excitingly, Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida recently seemed to hint that the game is nearly complete, so we could be learning more about our upcoming adventure very soon. 

Below, we've put together everything we know about Final Fantasy 16 so far in one place, along with a wishlist of features we'd love to see. 

Final Fantasy 16 release date 

We now know that Final Fantasy 16 will be a PlayStation console exclusive that's coming to the PS5. No release date has been revealed so far and Square Enix also confirmed there's currently "no further information" about whether the next entry in the series will be coming to other platforms after the mention of PC was shown during the showcase.  You can check out the new trailer above.

In terms of who is working on the upcoming Final Fantasy title, the announcement also confirmed Naoki Yoshida is the producer on Final Fantasy 16. After the official reveal of the game during the PS5 event, a blog was posted on PlayStation's official site written by Yoshida which confirmed his role, along with revealing that Hiroshi Takai is directing.

"The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game," Yoshida writes. " In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay." 

Comments from industry journalist Jason Schreier suggested it wouldn't be too long before we get to play Final Fantasy 16. Apparently, Square Enix has been working on the Final Fantasy 15 follow-up "for at least four years in some capacity." Obviously, it's nothing concrete, but this does check out with the trailer Square Enix revealed during September's PS5 showcase, which showed a surprising amount of Final Fantasy 16 gameplay and cinematic footage.

Final Fantasy 16 setting and characters

Just recently, Square Enix launched an official website for Final Fantasy 16 that offers some insight into the upcoming installment's world and leading characters. Set in the land of Valisthea, the world is said to be "studded with Mothercrystals - glittering mountains of crystal that tower over the six realms around them, blessing them with aether." Over the generations, people have gone to the beacons to take advantage of the blessing they offer. Using the Mothercrystals aether to conjure magicks that live comfortable, rich lives, many great powers have grown around each Mothercrystal. 

But all is not well in Valisthea. Peace has started to falter with the spread of the Blight, which threatens to destroy the dominions. In Final Fantasy 16, deadly creatures known as Eikons inhabit the world. Each Eikon resides within a single man or woman blessed with the ability to call them. These individuals are known as Dominants. The worldview of these Dominats varies from nation to nation, with some treated like royalty, while others are forced to become weapons of war. 

Clive Rosfield has also been introduced as one of the leading characters along with Joshua Rosfield and Jill Warrick. Clive is the firstborn son of Archduke of Rosaria. As the firstborn, he was expected to inherit the Phoenix flames and become a Dominant, but it instead passed over to his younger brother Joshua. After mastering the blade, Clive becomes First Shield of Rosaria before tragedy strikes "at the hands of a mysterious dark Eikon, Ifrit. Now on a path to revenge, Clive is said to set out on a "dangerous road." 

Five years younger than Clive, Joshua deeply admires his older brother. Viewing himself as "bookish and frail", Joshua appears to wish he wasn't the one to inherit the role of Dominant with command over the Phoenix's flames. 

Jill, on the other hand, was taken from her homeland at a young age to become a ward of Rosaria in order to secure peace between two warring nations. Described as "kind, gracious, and unassuming," Jill is a trusted figure to both the brothers. 

Final Fantasy 16 features: here's what fans want 

Final Fantasy is a series that's continuously ahead of the rest of the JRPG world. FF15 was famously the first Final Fantasy with an open-world setting, as well as the first single-player Final Fantasy with a multiplayer mode and story DLC. In taking inspiration from Western RPGs that were already using these features, Final Fantasy 15 set out to redefine the series. While the reaction was mixed overall, the game did a lot of things right, here are some things the next part could do to further improve on existing ideas.

Fix the open world 

These days almost every RPG has an open world, to the increasing fatigue of many players. There's nothing to be said against open-world setting in general, if done right – a frequent criticism of the open world in Final Fantasy 15 was that there simply weren't enough interesting things to do. Quests were mostly fetch quests that had no effect on the world at large, and driving around in the Regalia instead of making sure Noctis reached his goal robbed the plot of its urgency. The world of Eos, too, seems to be mostly motorways – fans were missing towns to explore and more characters to talk to. Overall the possible solution seems to be a denser, more interesting world with more possibilities for interaction, as well as side-quests with actual storylines of their own.

The combat system needs another overhaul

In FF15, your AI companions play a central role. Their banter is automated, Ignis drives you around, and even with control over characters other than Noctis later having been patched in, anyone you don’t control fights for you without your intervention. This, as well as the frequently unhelpful camera, turned Final Fantasy 15 into a game that is often beyond your control. Combat in particular feels often either cluttered or a bit uninspiring for how little input it requires from you. While round-based combat is making a comeback elsewhere through games such as Persona 5 or the newest entry in the Yakuza franchise, perhaps it’s not necessary to go that far back – the Active Dimension Battle system used by Final Fantasy 12 offered a pleasant mix between tactical combat and AI-controlled team mates.

A bigger focus on story 

It’s not that Final Fantasy 15 didn’t have an interesting story, it just lacked the pacing to tell it in a way that leaves a larger impact. In order to understand everything that’s going on, Square Enix asked you to immerse yourself in the full media universe – an anime, a film, DLC, and that's simply a lot of stuff. The side-quests and traveling to the different tombs around Eos also took away from the story, which didn't really come into its own until the latter half of the game when open-world travel was suspended. Final Fantasy lives off of its characters, of meeting new friends and finding new places to explore. Everything, from the setting to the plot developments, underlines that. Compared to that, a plot that largely comes down to "get into a car and drive to your wedding" didn't quite cut it. Recent developments in Final Fantasy 14, especially the Shadowbringers DLC, are a great example of an enjoyable fantasy story. With any luck, Square Enix is listening to the feedback and working on a more focused, digestible story for Final Fantasy 16.

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Every New Final Fantasy Game And Update Currently In Development

Suffice it to say, Sony's State of Play event in April was met with mixed reception. There were no bombshells revealed on the scale that many might have hoped for, with new information regarding the new God ofWar game and Horizon Forbidden West conspicuously absent. There was one showstopper in attendance, however, in the form of Final Fantasy VII Remake.

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Not only was the game's PS5 port announced, but also a new episode starring Yuffie and two brand new mobile games set in the world of Final Fantasy VII. Since then, several other Final Fantasy games and updates have been revealed at various events, leaving series fans with plenty to look forward to in the coming months and years.

Updated June 16, 2021, by Tom Bowen: E3 2021 may have been a little underwhelming in terms of big announcements and reveals, but there were at least a few things for Final Fantasy fans to get excited about. Two new Final Fantasy projects were announced at the expo, bringing the total number of games and updates that are currently in development up to seven. Several of them are due out before 2021 draws to a close, while the rest will hopefully be arriving at some point during 2022. As a result, it looks likely to be a busy twelve months or so for fans of the long-running JRPG franchise, especially with it celebrating its 25th anniversary next year.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Platform(s): PS4, PS5 & PC

Release Date: November 23, 2021

After a rough start to life, Final Fantasy XV has since improved dramatically and is now arguably one of the best MMORPGs around. A big part of this is down to its excellent expansions and players will be hoping that Endwalker can continue the longstanding tradition. If the recent beta test is anything to go by, all signs are looking pretty good in that regard.

Having been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Endwalker will finally go live towards the end of 2021. Among other things, the expansion will increase the level cap to 90 while also introducing two exciting new character classes. The story will see players confronting Zenos, who has now murdered his father the emperor and has plans to destroy the world.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier

Platform(s): iOS & Android

Release Date: 2021

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier is a battle royal experience aimed at iOS and Android users. It’s expected to release before the end of 2021 and will take place thirty years before the events of Final Fantasy VII. A closed beta for the game has already taken place, offering fans a pretty good idea of what they can expect and, despite one or two issues, it's showing a lot of early promise.

Prior to this, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII had been the oldest game in the Final Fantasy VII timeline, taking place seven years before the events of the original game. Not much is known about the story of The First Soldier at the moment, assuming that it even has one, that is, but it seems safe to assume that there'll be plenty of Final Fantasy VII references included either way.

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster

Platform(s): PC, iOS & Android

Release Date: Unknown

Though all of the eight and sixteen bit Final Fantasy games have already been released on mobile, many series fans were unhappy with some of the changes that Square Enix made to the art style in the 3D remakes. Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster seems like an attempt to appease those fans and was first announced during the Square Enix presentation at E3 2021. A release date wasn't given, although the developer did say that the game was "coming soon."

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Rather than using 3D character models or newly designed sprites like the previous releases, the Pixel Remaster project will apparently be retaining the original pixel art style while also bumping up the resolution to modern day standards. As of the time of writing, it's only been confirmed for mobile and Windows devices, but many are still hoping that a console release will be announced somewhere further down the line.

The Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series & PC

Release Date: 2022

Rumors of a souls-likeFinal Fantasy game had already been floating around for quite some time when The Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin was finally unveiled at E3 2021. Unfortunately, however, the trailer was widely ridiculed due to the main protagonist repeatedly announcing his desire to "kill chaos" and the corrupted demo that released shortly afterward further damaged the game's credibility.

Whether or not there'll be much of a demand for the game remains to be seen, although the early gameplay footage doesn't look too bad. Team Ninja also has a strong track record when it comes to delivering high quality souls-likes, so even if Final Fantasy fans don't bite, there's every chance that others will; if only to help Jack finally fulfill his dream of vanquishing Chaos.

Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis

Platform(s): iOS & Android

Release Date: 2022

Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is another mobile spin-off, although it is not due out until 2022. The reveal trailer makes it look like a demake of Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is similar to the approach that Square Enix took with Final Fantasy XV. Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition was an episodic game with episodes released periodically and Ever Crisis looks like it will adopt a similar model.

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It's still not clear which story elements will be included in the game, although given the vast amount of material available in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, there's certainly plenty for Square Enix to choose from. Between the original game, Advent Children, Before Crisis, Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus there could potentially be hundreds of episodes, so Ever Crisis may well be around for quite some time after it finally launches.

Final Fantasy XVI

Platform(s): PS5

Release Date: Unknown

First revealed at Sony's PS5 Showcase event back in September 2020, Final Fantasy XVI is being developed exclusively for the PlayStation 5. There's still no word on when exactly the game will be released, although some are now speculating that it could be available before the end of 2022. It didn't feature in Square Enix's E3 2021 lineup, but could show up at Sony's next State of Play event.

Rather than being set in a futuristic world like some of the series' more recent entries, the game will instead take place in a medieval setting like many of the Final Fantasy games of yesteryear. Summons will also be making an appearance, with several of them shown in the game's reveal trailer and the main protagonist will be named Clive.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2

Platform(s): PlayStation

Release Date: Unknown

Though Square Enix has remained fairly tight-lipped when it comes to the future of Final Fantasy VII Remake, it could actually be a lot closer than some people might think. According to director Tetsuya Nomura, the team began working on the second part of the remake back in late 2019 and with the release of Intergrade now behind them, one suspects they're now completely focused on the next full game.

The Yuffie DLC seems to have been designed to act as a bridge between the first and second parts of the remake and also demonstrates the progress that has been made by the team since development switched to the PS5. With so much of the Final Fantasy VII story still left to tell, a lot of questions remain as to how exactly the narrative will be broken up and whether there'll be an overworld or not. Hopefully, fans won't have to wait too much longer to get their answers.

NEXT: Final Fantasy VII Remake: Exciting Subplots That Could Be Explored Through DLC

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Here is a guide to tell you exactly which games are on the way, and what exactly you can expect from each one.

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AVALANCHE was secretly formed to wage a rebellion against Shinra Company, an organisation which is absorbing Mako energy, destroying the natural resources of the planet. Cloud, a former member of Shinra's elite combat force, SOLDIER, was involved with the bombing of the Mako Reactor.

Can Cloud and AVALANCHE protect the planet from the huge, formidable enemy, Shinra Company?

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Both are equally at conflict with each other as their country is with Galbadia - Squall appears to lack team spirit, while Seifer does not have the discipline of his rival.

However, a chance encounter with the free-spirited Rinoa Heartilly turns Squall's universe upside down. He also begins to dream that he is a Galbadian army soldier called Laguna Loire…

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Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexandria.

To their surprise, however, the princess herself yearned to escape the castle.

Through a series of unusual circumstances, she and her personal guard, Steiner, and a colorful cast of misfits band together with Zidane and set out on an unforgettable journey.

Meeting unforgettable characters like Vivi and Quina along the way, they learn about themselves, the secrets of the Crystal, and a malevolent force that threatens to destroy their world.

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FINAL FANTASY X absolutely lit up the sixth generation of consoles with stunning production values, including gorgeous graphics, a stunning soundtrack and a moving story.

FINAL FANTASY X tells the story of a star blitzball player, Tidus, who journeys with a young and beautiful summoner named Yuna on her quest to save the world of Spira from an endless cycle of destruction wrought by the colossal menace Sin.

FINAL FANTASY X-2 returns to the world of Spira two years after the beginning of the Eternal Calm. Having been shown a mysterious but familiar image in a sphere, Yuna becomes a Sphere Hunter and along with her companions Rikku and Paine, embarks on a quest around the world to find the answers to the mystery within.

Two of the greatest RPGs of their generation have been completely remastered to match modern standards, and FINAL FANTASY X | X-2 HD Remaster is the perfect way to experience both of these titles one after the other.

Out Now on:Nintendo Switch | Xbox One

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE improves upon the 2006 classic FINAL FANTASY XII, now more beautiful and easier to play than ever.

The high-definition remaster introduces several modern advancements, including reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system.

With newly implemented modern advancements, as well as stark visual and sound improvements in true HD for the first time, players both returning and new to the game will experience a grand adventure that spans the world of Ivalice in an entirely fresh and improved way.

Enter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty.

Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country.

Vaan, a young man who lost his family in the war, dreams of flying freely in the skies.

In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland.

Out Now on:Nintendo Switch | Xbox One

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!

Chocobo doesn’t just kick, and isn’t just cute!

Take one step forward and change the world in this spectacular return to 2007’s FINAL FANTASY FABLES: Chocobo's Dungeon, specially designed for new gaming systems.

The rules to this mysterious dungeon are simple… every time you enter, the world around you changes shape, but it only moves whenever Chocobo moves, whether Chocobo walks, kicks, or uses an item.

Fight monsters alongside your buddies and adventure through countless dungeons, all whilst enjoying a deep and engaging story, it even includes 2-player co-op play!

Out Now on:Nintendo Switch | PlayStation 4

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition

The classic co-op action RPG FINAL FANTASY Crystal Chronicles has been completely remastered, and now even includes a new online multiplayer mode so that you and up to three friends can adventure together!

For those of you who have played the original title, there are even new areas inside dungeons, so there’s so much more to explore than ever before!

Releasing 2019 on: Nintendo Switch | PlayStation 4

FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION HD

If you’d like a more light-hearted play through of the latest in the line of FINAL FANTASY titles, explore the world of FINAL FANTASY XV with a cast of adorable characters in FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION HD!

Take the journey and experience the FINAL FANTASY XV story in the cutest way possible!

After years of fighting, the nations of Lucis and Niflheim at last agree to an armistice.

As a symbol of this promised peace, Noctis, crown prince of Lucis, is to wed the Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae.

The prince sets forth for his wedding on the eve of the signing ceremony, sent off by his father, King Regis. Unbeknownst to Noctis, however, the journey ahead is fraught with perils…

Out Now on:Nintendo Switch | Xbox One | PlayStation 4

WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY MAXIMA

If you want a crash course on what FINAL FANTASY is all about, as well as the chance to meet many of the heroes from different FINAL FANTASY games in one place, then WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY MAXIMA is for you!

WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY MAXIMA is the powered up version of WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY which was originally released in October 2016.

Embark on a magical journey with siblings Reynn and Lann as they explore the vast land of Grymoire to rediscover their past and save the future.

With charming and stylised visuals, you can capture, customise and evolve iconic creatures by stacking them to form adorable yet strategic monster towers.

New characters from FINAL FANTASY lore (Champions) and monsters (Mirages) add even more fun and excitement to this unique adventure in WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY MAXIMA!

Out Now on:Nintendo Switch | Xbox One | PlayStation 4 | Steam

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All Final Fantasy Games Ever Released (1987-2021)

Here is a list of all Final Fantasy games ever released. This list contains the main series, as well as, the spin-offs. With such a huge number of sequels, remakes, and remasters, even figuring out the available FF games is a problem, and this list aims to solve it!

With the recent announcement of Final Fantasy XVI, we’ve decided to dive back into every released Final Fantasy game. Anyone who’s played any Final Fantasy game already knows that the games aren’t really connected, and each game is in its world, with its own protagonist, and its own story. (Except the compilation of FF VII).

The Final Fantasy franchise has been around for nearly 4 decades now, and it seems it’s not reaching its end anytime soon, especially with the amount of hype the recent announcement of Final Fantasy XVI has managed to achieve.

Come read about, all Final Fantasy games ever released. Note that this list won’t feature mobile games.

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Main Final Fantasy Series

A section dedicated to the main Final Fantasy franchise.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (2021)

Release Date: November 23, 2021
Developer: Square Enix Creative
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC | PS4 | MacOS | PS5
Genre: MMORPG

The fourth expansion pack for Final Fantasy XIV which was released back in 2021. The game has been delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but thankfully, the game managed to be launched despite that. The story in Endwalker acts as a final to the Hydaelyn–Zodiark arc, drawing the story to a close. The new expansion pack adds new areas, introduces two new character classes known as Sage and Reaper, and increases the level cap to 90.

Upon its release, Final Fantasy XIV was a success that welcomed new and old players in, making sure they sink hours upon hours of gameplay into the game. A fan of MMORPGs shouldn’t miss on this one as it will go right under their ally

Final Fantasy 7 Remake (2020)

Release Date: April 10, 2020
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 1
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4
Genre: Action-Role-Playing

Final Fantasy 7 was first released back in 1997 on the original PlayStation. However, before it received a remake on PS4 in 2020, it went through a long planning cycle. In the early 2000s Square announced a remake for PlayStation 2 alongside Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy IX, but nothing further was heard of the project. Unfortunately, it was abandoned due to technical difficulties and would have necessitated a chunk of content.

In 2005, the demand for a remake of Final Fantasy 7 grew much more, and so a PlayStation 3 tech demo at Electronic Entertainment Expo was revealed, showcasing the opening of Final Fantasy VII with Square’s new Crystal Tools engine.

It was until 2015 that the game entered full production, and was confirmed by Square Enix. In the end, the fanbase had to wait 20 years for this remake to become a reality.

Final Fantasy XV (2016)

Release Date: November 29, 2016
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC | PS4 | Xbox One | Stadia
Genre: Action-Role-Playing

Final Fantasy XV is an action-role-playing developed and published by Square Enix back in 2016. It is considered the fifteenth main installment in the series, and it featured a huge open-world environment where you could navigate, encounter strong foes, and hang out with Noctis’ comrades. Just like the Final Fantasy 7 remake, the aforementioned included a real-time action-based battle system, as well as, other features such as quick-switching weapons.

Surprisingly, Final Fantasy XV went through the same treatment as Final Fantasy VII. The game’s development began in 2006 as a PlayStation 3 spin-off titled Final Fantasy Versus XIII. At the time, Tetsuya Nomura was the original director and character designer. After a development period of six years, it was changed to the next mainline title in the series in 2012; Nomura was replaced as director by Hajime Tabata, and the game shifted to eighth-generation platforms.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (2013)

Release Date: December 26, 2013
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 5
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC  | PS3 | PS4 | OS X
Genre: MMORPG

A Realm Reborn: Final Fantasy XIV is a massively multiplayer role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix initially on Windows and PS3 back in 2013. The aforementioned acts as a replacement for the failed 2010 version of the game.

The game takes place five years after the events of the original 2010 release. The primal dragon Bahamut escapes from its lunar and causes havoc in Eorzea. Luckily, the player character manages to flee from the devastation by using time traveling five years into the future. It is at that moment where the player must deal with the impending threat of invasion by the Garlean Empire from the north.

Unlike the original game, A Realm Reborn garnered positive reception. Reviewers praised the game for its solid mechanics and progression.

Check below in case if you want to learn about every expansion pack of A Realm Reborn: Final Fantasy XIV

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (2015)

This one is the first expansion pack to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It focuses on a millennium-long conflict between the Holy See of Ishgard and the dragon horde of Dravania.

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (2017)

This is the second expansion pack to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It marks a drastic transform in the ongoing struggle with the Garlean Empire. Players command rebellions in the imperial provinces of Ala Mhigo, an Eorzean city-state conquered twenty years ago, and Doma, a Far Eastern nation with a proud ninja tradition.

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers (2019)

The third expansion to the aforementioned game. The latter takes place on the First, an equivalent dimension that has turned into chaos. Players are sent to this world and embark on a quest in hope of rescuing the destroyed land.

Final Fantasy XIII (2009)

Release Date: December 17, 2009
Developer: Square Enix 1st Production Department
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC  | PS3 | Xbox 360
Genre: Action Role-Playing

Final Fantasy XIII is the prequel to both Final Fantasy XII-2 and Lightning Returns. The latter was developed and published by Square Enix back in 2009 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. A port for PC was released in 2014 on Steam. it is the thirteenth title in the mainline Final Fantasy series and a part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries.

Final Fantasy XIII is the game that started a new fast-paced combat mechanic. This newly introduced mechanic would receive a mixed reception from fans and journalists. In addition, it also introduced a customizable “Paradigm” system to control which abilities are used by the characters. Lastly, the latter included aspects from its predecessors, such as summoned monsters, chocobos, and airships.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2011)

Release Date: December 15, 2011
Developer: Square Enix 1st Production Department
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC  | PS3 | Xbox 360
Genre: Action Role-Playing

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix initially for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2011. Three years after, a PC port was released on Steam followed by iOS and Android in September 2015. The latter is a direct sequel to the original Final Fantasy XIII.

The sequel includes modified features from its predecessor. For example, fast-paced combat and a customizable “Paradigm” system to control which abilities are used by the characters, and adds a new system that allows monsters to be captured and used in battle. In addition, it features a heavy time travel element, allowing the player to jump between different times at the same location.

When it comes to the overall reception of this sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2 received highly positive reviews from Japanese critics, as well as, generally positive reviews from Western video game journalists.

Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns (2013)

Release Date: December 26, 2013
Developer: Square Enix 1st Production Department,
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC | Xbox 360 | PS3
Genre: Action-Role-Playing

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2 that concludes the storyline of Final Fantasy XIII Saga, and forms part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries.

The game puts you in the shoes of the main protagonist, Lightning, as she awakes from a self-imposed hibernation 13 days before the end of the world. Furthermore, she is chosen by the deity Bhunivelze to save the people of the dying world, including former friends and allies who have developed heavy emotional burdens. As she travels, she learns the full truth behind everything.

This entry was both a commercial and critical success as it won a Famitsu Excellence Award back in April 2014. In addition, in Japan, the PS3 version of Lightning Returns reached the top of the Top 20 in software sales in its first week, selling just over 277,000 units and defeating Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D World.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (2006)

Release Date: March 16, 2006
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PS2 (2006) | Steam (2018) | PS4 (2017)  | Xbox One | Switch
Genre: Action-Role-Playing

The twelfth main installment in the series and introduces a couple of elements that were innovative for their time. For example,  the introduction of an open world system; a fluid battle system, a controllable camera, and a hunting side quest, which allows the player to find and defeat difficult monsters in the game.

Just like other entries in the series, Final Fantasy XII was both a critical and commercial success, earning Game of the Year awards and selling over six million copies on the PS2 console by November 2009. Nine years after, Square Enix released a high-definition remaster of the Japanese exclusive, International Zodiac Job System version, titled  The Zodiac Age back in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (2007)

Release Date: April 26, 2007
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: Nintendo DS
Genre: Tactical Role Playing

The sequel to the original Final Fantasy XII which was originally released on the PS2 back in 2006. The latter is set in the Ivalice Alliance universe along with other Final Fantasy tactical role-playing games.

You play once again as Vaan on a quest with his friends to hunt down treasures. This quest leads them to the purvama of Lemurés, where their true journey begins.

As a matter of fact, this entry is the first title in the  Ivalice Alliance. In addition, the North American release was deliberately modified to be much more challenging than the Japanese release.

Final Fantasy XI: Online (2002)

Release Date: May 16, 2002
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix, Microsoft, Sony
Platforms: PS2 | PC | Xbox 360
Genre: MMORPG

This one is considered the eleventh main installment of the Final Fantasy franchise, and it was released in Japan on May 16, 2002, for PlayStation 2 and PC in November of that year. The game was the first game in the series to offer the ability to cross-platform play between PlayStation 2 and personal computer users.

The story is pretty much similar to Final Fantasy XIV. The overall game is set in a fictional world named Vana’diel. Players can compete and cooperate in a variety of quests in order to survive together.

Please, check the full set of expansion packs released for this game below:

  • Rise of the Zilart (2003)

This expansion pack of the game introduced the Dragoon as well as the Samurai and Ninja It was also the first game on the Xbox 360 to require the use of its hard drive addition.

  • Chains of Promathia (2004)

In this expansion, forty new areas were included as well as new quests and missions, but unfortunately, there are no new jobs for characters to learn or new game mechanics.

  • Treasures of Aht Urhgan (2006)

The expansion included three new jobs; Puppetmaster, Corsair, and Blue Mage. Lastly, the expansion’s final update in fall 2007 finally allowed the player to advance to the rank of “Captain.”

  • Wings of the Goddess (2007)

This update included a new large-scale battle mode known as Campaign, and various new spells and job abilities. Furthermore, the Dancer and Scholar jobs were introduced in the expansion, and their equipment is known as artifact armor.

  • Seekers of Adoulin (2013)

The expansion includes seven tough bosses and a new western continent named Adoulin. Sadly, this expansion is exclusive only to Japan.

Final Fantasy X (2001)

Release Date: July 19, 2001
Developer: Square Product Development Division 1
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC | PS4 | Xbox One | PS3 | Switch | PSVITA | PS2
Genre: Action-Role-Playing

The main prequel to Final Fantasy X-2, and the tenth main entry in the Final Fantasy series. The game marks a transition from the entirely pre-rendered backdrops to fully three-dimensional areas and is also the first entry in the series to feature voice acting.

The game’s story focuses on a group of adventurers and their quest to defeat a fierce monster entity known as Sin. The main protagonist is Tidus, a star athlete in the sport of blitzball, who finds himself in Spira after Sin destroyed his home city of Zanarkand. Shortly after arriving in Spira, Tidus joins the summoner Yuna on her adventure to vanquish the evil Sin.

Final Fantasy X-2 (2003)

Release Date: March 13, 2003
Developer: Square Product Development Division 1
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC | PS4 | Xbox One | PS3 | Switch | PSVITA | PS2
Genre: Action-Role-Playing

Final Fantasy X-2 is the sequel to the original Final Fantasy X. It was developed and published by Square Enix back in 2003 and received an HD remaster which we will mention down below. In addition to being the first direct Final Fantasy sequel, Final Fantasy X-2 was the first game in the series to feature just three player characters and an all-female main cast.

The overall story follows Yuna as she searches for her love, Tidus while trying to prevent political conflicts in Spira from starting a war.

The overall response from journalists and fans was positive, selling over 5.4 million copies on PlayStation 2 and winning a number of awards. As a matter of fact, this was the last Final Fantasy game to be released by Square before it merged with Enix in April 2003.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (2013)

Release Date: December 26, 2013
Developer: Square Product Development Division 1
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC | PS4 | Xbox One | PS3 | Switch | PSVITA
Genre: Action-Role-Playing

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is an enhanced remaster of the highly critically acclaimed Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 which were originally developed by Square Enix back in the PS2. This particular remaster features story content only available in the International version. In addition, it has a new audio drama set a year after the events of X-2. Furthermore, this collection also received graphical improvements and musical revisions based on the international versions of both games.

Unsurprisingly, the aforementioned sold very well across the globe. The game was the 7th best-selling game for PS3 and the top-selling title for the PSVita on the PlayStation Network for the month of February 2014. On the one hand, As of April 2018, the PC version of the game has sold over 584,000 copies on Steam.

Final Fantasy IX (2000)

Release Date: July 7, 2000
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PS1 | PC | PS4 | Xbox One | Switch
Genre: Turn-Based

Final Fantasy IX is a 2000 role-playing video game developed and published by Squaresoft for the original PlayStation. The aforementioned is the ninth game in the main Final Fantasy series.

The overall game’s setting is in a fantasy world called Gaia in which there is a conflict between two nations. On the one hand, players assume the role of a bandit named Zidane Tribal who later joins a growing cast of characters on a quest to take down Queen Brahne of Alexandria, who started the war.

Final Fantasy IX was released to critical acclaim and is often regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time. Often cited by critics and fans as one of the best Final Fantasy games ever created. It also holds the highest Metacritic score of the series. Moreover, the game was commercially successful, selling more than 5.5 million copies on PlayStation by March 2016.

Final Fantasy VIII (1999)

Release Date: February 11, 1999
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square (JP/EU), Square EA (NA), SCE Australia (AU)
Platforms: PS1
Genre: Turn-Based

The original version of Final Fantasy VIII was released in Japan on February 11, 1999. Bear in mind that each region release included several changes, as well as, including additional content which was lacking in other regions.

The aforementioned is the eighth main installment in the Final Fantasy universe, and it follows a group of young mercenaries, led by Squall Leonhart, as they are drawn into a conflict sparked by Ultimecia, a sorceress from the future who wishes to compress time.

Below, we will take a look at other versions of Final Fantasy VIII and some other pieces of information:

Final Fantasy VIII (2000)

Release Date: February 11, 1999
Developer: Square
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PC (2000) | Steam (2013)
Genre: Turn-Based

The first PC version was released back in 2000 with several alterations.  The upgraded PC version introduced a couple of enhancements at the time. Like higher-resolution (480), Higher-quality character, and GF models and portraits, A new typeface is used, and quicker save/loading as well as screen transition.

Final Fantasy VIII- Remastered (2019)

Release Date: September 3, 2019
Developer: Dotemu, Access Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4 | Xbox One | PC | Nintendo Switch | PlayStation
Genre: Turn-Based

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is the improved version of the original game with the same name. This remastered version featured high-definition graphics and improved character models. In addition to this feature, there’s Windows XP support, Inclusion of achievements, Addition of cloud save system, Screen resolutions up to 1920×1080 support, and a whole lot more. You can read all about it from the official fandom website.

Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII (2004)

Release Date: September 24, 2004
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: Mobile
Genre: RPG

The aforementioned is the sequel to the titular Final Fantasy 7 and is part of the Final Fantasy VII compilation of games.

This entry in the series focuses on a group of adventurers known as the Turks. This group of covert operatives working for the Shinra Electric Power Company will fight against both a rebel group called AVALANCHE and their corrupt employers.

Although the game was released exclusively in Japan, it was highly successful upon release, registering 200,000 users and being accessed over one million times. However, the game was eventually shut down in 2018. Luckily, you can play this game using either an emulator or through a fan-made project that lets you play the game from start to finish.

Final Fantasy VII (1997)

Release Date: January 31, 1997
Developer: Square
Publisher: Square
Platforms: PS1 | PC | PS4 | Xbox One | Switch | Android | iOS
Genre: Turn-Based

Final Fantasy VII is the biggest well-known title among all other Final Fantasy series. It was developed and published, by you know who, back in 1997 for the original PlayStation. The aforementioned is the first in the main series with a PAL release.

The game puts you in the shoes of our beloved Cloud Strife,  Cloud and his allies are sent in pursuit of Sephiroth, a former member of the organization who seeks to harm the planet. During the journey, Cloud builds close friendships with his party members, including Aerith Gainsborough, who holds the secret to saving their world.

As you would expect, Final Fantasy VII received commercial and critical success. It remains widely regarded as a classic game, and as one of the most influential and greatest video games ever made among JRPG fans.

Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus (2006)

Release Date: January 26, 2006
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PS2
Genre: Action Role-Playing, Third Person Shooter

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII is the only third-person shooter in the Final Fantasy franchise and is part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII metaseries. The aforementioned was developed and published by Square Enix in 2006 for the PlayStation 2.

The overall game is set three years after the events of the original game and focuses on one of the game’s playable characters, Vincent Valentine. In the story, Vincent is targeted by Deepground, a mysterious organization that plans to resurrect a creature known as Omega who possess a threat to all mankind.

Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (2007)

Release Date: September 13, 2007
Developer: Square Enix 1st Production Department
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PSP
Genre: Action Role-Playing

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable. First released in 2007. The latter is a prequel to the original 1997 video game Final Fantasy VII and is also a part of the metaseries Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.

While you don’t play as Cloud Strife in this one, you get to play as Zack Fair, who is tasked to look for the missing SOLDIER Genesis Rhapsodos. Throughout his research for Genesis, he discovers Genesis’ origin, as well as, Project G, and how these two are related to two other high-ranking SOLDIERs Sephiroth and Angeal Hewley.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy was met with positive reception from critics and fans. GameSpot awarded it an “Editor’s Choice” label, complimenting its storyline, the combat system, and the overall presentation, stating that “Crisis Core is an exciting and poignant journey that every fan of role-playing games should take.”

Final Fantasy VI (1994)

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Final Fantasy | How many games, order, and where to start

The Final Fantasy series can be daunting to newcomers. It’s one of the largest franchises in video game history, spanning back several decades and several console generations. It’s also downright massive, with a catalog of entries nearing triple digits. If you want to get into Final Fantasy but don’t know where to start, consider this guide your primer to the FF series. We’ll go over how many Final Fantasy games there are, which ones you should play first, which games are considered the best, and which order you should play them in.

How many Final Fantasy games are there total?

how many final fantasy games are there total

There are 95 different Final Fantasy games total as of 2021, including 15 games in the core Final Fantasy series. The overall franchise also includes two anime and five video releases.

By and large, most fans consider 15 to be the main number of Final Fantasy games — or 16 if you count X-2, the series’ only direct sequel to release so far. That number may grow to 17 if you count Final Fantasy 7 Remake as a unique release. Otherwise, the rest of the games are spinoff releases, mobile games, or collections such as Final Fantasy Origins.

Which Final Fantasy should I play first?

which final fantasy should I play first

We know what you’re thinking: With so many games in the series, which Final Fantasy game should I start with first? As it so happens, the games have almost no continuity between releases. Instead, they merely share thematic elements and recurring creatures or character archetypes, such as Moogles or an engineer named Cid.

If you want to check out the Final Fantasy series for yourself, we’d generally recommend starting with the newest core game available for whichever platform you own. As of 2021, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is the newest release, and it’s available across PlayStation 5, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The classic version of Final Fantasy VII is also available on previous-gen platforms, though it’s by no means a modern release.

Is there an order to play Final Fantasy games?

what order to play final fantasy games

Since the series has effectively no continuity, there’s no preferred order in which to play Final Fantasy games. Each one does something a little bit different, but with the exception of FFX-2, none of them follow up on the events of previous releases.

However, many players choose to start the series with the first game and watch its evolution over time. As such, they begin with the original Final Fantasy release and play through the rest of the core games chronologically. They’ll also typically skip FFXI and FFXIV, since those two are massively-multiplayer online games that break from the traditional single-player JRPG formula.

It’s quite an undertaking, but if you want to see everything that the Final Fantasy series has to offer, you can work through the core games in this order:

  1. Final Fantasy (NES)
  2. Final Fantasy II (NES)
  3. Final Fantasy III (NES)
  4. Final Fantasy IV (SNES)
  5. Final Fantasy V (SNES)
  6. Final Fantasy VI (SNES) – sold in the U.S. as Final Fantasy 3, not to be confused with the NES release
  7. Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation)
  8. Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation)
  9. Final Fantasy IX (PlayStation)
  10. Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2)
  11. Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2)
  12. Final Fantasy XIII (PlayStation 3)
  13. Final Fantasy XV (PlayStation 4)

Which Final Fantasy is best?

which final fantasy game is best

If you want to hit the highlights of the Final Fantasy series, it would make sense to check out the best games in the series. However, there’s a lot of debate over which single Final Fantasy game is best. Most fans would say Final Fantasy 7 is the series’ high point, but aggregate review sites like Metacritic would disagree.

According to Metacritic, the best-ranked Final Fantasy game is FFIX, followed very closely by FFVII. FFVI, in this case, the GBA version, comes in at a close third and is ranked just slightly above FFX in the fourth spot. Tactics Advance and FFVIII effectively tie for the fifth rank, with FFVIII having a higher metascore while Tactics Advance has a higher user score.

With all that said, Final Fantasy 7 is usually considered the best. It’s simply preferred by more fans of the series and clearly has a much more dedicated following. However, FFVII, FFVIII, and FFIX all released for the PlayStation during the golden 32-bit era, and all of them consistently rank among the series’ best games. In a nutshell, any one of these games could be considered as an example of the best the series has to offer.

And what a series it is. Final Fantasy is frankly legendary in the video game industry and counts among its ranks some of the best-selling JRPGs in history. Sure, there are nearly 100 games overall, but any one of the core 15 releases will serve as a fine place to start for series newcomers.

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Series of video games

Final Fantasy is a video game series developed and published by Square Enix (formerly Square). The first title in the series, the eponymousFinal Fantasy, premiered in Japan in 1987, and Final Fantasy games have been released almost every single year since. Fifteen games have been released as part of the main (numbered) series. Sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and related video games have been published, as well as numerous titles in other media forms. Each game in the main series takes place in a different fictional universe rather than serve as direct sequels to prior games, although some titles have received sequels, or prequels, set in the same universe.

Most of the games have been re-released for several different platforms, many of which have been included in bundled releases. The series as a whole is primarily composed of role-playing video games, but also includes massively multiplayer online role-playing games, third-person shooters, tower defense games, and tactical role-playing games. Final Fantasy games have been released on over a dozen video game consoles beginning with the Nintendo Entertainment System, as well as for personal computers and mobile phones. The series is Square Enix's most successful franchise, having sold over 100 million units worldwide as of June 2011, across both the main series and its spin-offs.[1]Final Fantasy's popularity has placed it as one of the best-selling video game franchises.[2]

Main series[edit]

Main series-related games[edit]

Final Fantasy Tactics[edit]

Compilation of Final Fantasy VII[edit]

Main article: Compilation of Final Fantasy VII

See also: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Last Order: Final Fantasy VII

Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy[edit]

Main article: Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy XV Universe[edit]

See also: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV

Spin-offs[edit]

Bundled releases[edit]

Branded subseries[edit]

These are groups of games or system-specific releases of games that are branded or marketed together. Unlike bundles, they were made available as individual products.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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