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Final Fantasy 16 buying guide

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A screenshot showing gameplay of Final Fantasy 16. There’s a sun-drenched castle in the background, and the main character is among palm trees.
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Final Fantasy 16 is available now for the PS5. While the latest installment lacks the road trip bromances of its predecessor, it retains the franchise’s penchant for audacious fashion and unrealistically sized swords. Now, it's likely that the game will eventually make it onto PC and Xbox, but its developer and publisher Square Enix hasn’t made any official announcements regarding a cross-platform release.

If you want to give Final Fantasy 16 a try before you commit, Square Enix has graciously provided a long demo of the PS5 version of the game. The demo features the game’s prologue with multiple hours of gameplay. Better yet, your progress in the demo carries over to the full release.

If you want to pick up the full game for PlayStation 5, there are several options available to you. There are deluxe and standard editions available for the physical and digital releases of the game. However, if you’re looking for a Buster Sword-sized box of loot, scroll down to find the collector’s edition of the game available directly through Square Enix. If you want to get a PS5 and the game together, Sony is offering them bundled for $559.99, saving you $10 on the game’s normal cost.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you get with each edition of the game, including how much they cost, and the corresponding bonuses offered by retailers, if any.

Final Fantasy 16 standard edition

The $69.99 standard edition of the game doesn’t come packaged with any extra physical loot, and is no longer eligible for any retailer-exclusive bonuses. You can currently pick up a copy of the game from Best Buy, Target, GameStop, and the Square Enix Store. If copies aren’t available from those retailers for some reason, you can also pick up a physical copy of the game at Amazon, Walmart, or digitally via the PlayStation store.

Final Fantasy 16 deluxe edition

For an extra $30 ($99.99), the deluxe edition of Final Fantasy 16 is available from Target, Best Buy, GameStop, and the Square Enix Store.

What sets the physical and digital version of the deluxe edition apart is — you guessed it — physical goods. The physical version comes packaged with a cloth map of Valisthea, the game’s region, along with its own Steelbook case. However, as you might suspect, the digital version of the game doesn’t get any of this extra loot, but instead includes a digital mini artbook and soundtrack. It costs $10 less, selling for $89.99 at the PS Store.

A stock photo showing the map and steelbook case included with the Deluxe Edition of Final Fantasy 16. Image: Square Enix

Final Fantasy 16 collector’s edition

Honestly, I don’t know why Square Enix doesn’t just call it the Limit Break edition. The collector’s edition of Final Fantasy 16 is available exclusively through the Square Enix Store, and is priced at a whopping $349.99. The collector’s edition is only available in physical format, and it comes with the same physical map and Steelbook case included with the deluxe edition, but you’ll also get a digital art book and the soundtrack.

There are a couple of extra items exclusive to the collector’s edition, including a Phoenix versus Ifrit summons statue, and a collection of Eikon pins that look pretty dope. Owners of the collector’s edition also get access to the Blood Sword DLC when it releases, although Square Enix hasn’t confirmed a release date for the supplementary content.

Unfortunately, the collector’s edition appears to be sold out on the Square Enix Store, but you can still request to be placed on a waitlist. We’ll be updating this page regularly ahead of the game’s launch in case things change.

If you’re still a little turned around about what you get with each edition of the game, Square Enix has provided a handy chart that breaks down exactly what you get with each one.

A graph displaying the bonus items included with the Standard, Deluxe, and Collector’s Editions of Final Fantasy 16 Image: Square Enix

Update (June 22): Checked pricing and availability at all retailers, removed mentions of pre-order bonuses, and adjusted verbiage to reflect the launch of the game.

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