Sony broadcast a new State of Play presentation on Thursday, that showcased more than 20 minutes of new gameplay from Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 16.
Game producer Naoki Yoshida showed off the breadth of Final Fantasy 16, including its exploration and role-playing elements, as well as the intense, action-focused gameplay centering on its protagonist, Clive Rosfield, and battles between titans called Eikons. Final Fantasy 16 fans will not only see familiar enemies and allies — there’s a very cute Moogle in here — they’ll also get an earful of the upcoming action-RPG’s new music from composer Masayoshi Soken.
A word of warning though: The presentation shows off some of the more explosive, cinematic combat moments between Eikons like Ifrit, Titan, Phoenix, and Bahamut, and those moments may be better saved for your own playthrough of the game.
Yoshida also revealed that Japanese recording artist Kenshi Yonezu has written and performs Final Fantasy 16’s theme, “Tsuki Wo Miteita - Moongazing.” Here’s a taste:
Yonezu has won Billboard Japan’s artist of the year and album of the year awards, selling millions of albums over the past decade. Yonezu also wrote the themes for the Chainsaw Man anime and his song “Peace Sign” was used as the opening theme for My Hero Academia.
Final Fantasy 16 will tell the story of Clive Rosfield, a warrior known as the First Shield of Rosaria, and his younger brother Joshua, a Dominant who wields the power of the Phoenix. The events of FF16 set Clive on a dark and dangerous road to revenge, where the various warring factions of the kingdom of Valisthea vie for control over the Mothercrystals. Final Fantasy 16 will focus heavily on character-action-style gameplay, which you can read more about in Polygon’s hands-on preview with the game.
Final Fantasy 16 is slated to arrive (exclusively) on PlayStation 5 on June 22, a date that the game’s producer promises isn’t moving.