PlayStation State of Play to Showcase Final Fantasy XVI Gameplay This Thursday

The highly anticipated action-RPG, Final Fantasy XVI, will be featured in Sony PlayStation's State of Play this Thursday, offering an in-depth look at its gameplay.
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Fans of the long-running Final Fantasy series can look forward to an all-new glimpse of the highly anticipated action-RPG, Final Fantasy XVI, during Sony PlayStation’s State of Play this Thursday, April 13th. Since the game’s debut in the 2020 PlayStation 5 Showcase, fans have been eager to learn more about its dark fantasy setting, the powerful Eikons, the Dominants who house them, and the exciting battle system hinted at in the early trailers.

The upcoming State of Play will provide a deeper dive into these aspects and more. Interested viewers can tune in live on Twitch or YouTube at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET / 11 pm CEST on April 13th. The game is set to launch on PlayStation 5 on June 22nd.

Final Fantasy XVI is set in the land of Valisthea, where the fate of the world is decided by mighty Eikons and the Dominants who wield them. Players will experience the tale of Clive Rosfield, a warrior granted the title “First Shield of Rosaria,” who is sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, the Dominant of the Phoenix. Clive soon becomes entangled in a great tragedy and swears revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit, a mysterious entity causing calamity.

The game’s story unfolds as the sun sets upon Valisthea, and the struggle over the final flickers of the Mothercrystals’ light grows increasingly fierce. Bloody battles rage across the realm, with rival nations sending their ultimate weapons against each other: the Dominants. Clive Rosfield’s journey will lead him to the dark truth at the heart of Valisthea and a mission to destroy the Mothercrystals that the realm holds sacred.

Final Fantasy XVI features a rich cast of characters, including Clive’s younger brother Joshua, a Dominant with the power of the Phoenix; Jill Warrick, a ward of Rosaria and trusted confidant to the brothers; Benedikta Harman, Dominant of the Eikon Garuda and Warden of the Wind; Hugo Kupka, Dominant of the Eikon Titan and influential Dhalmekian politician; Dion Lesage, crown prince of the Holy Empire of Sanbreque and leader of the dragoons; and Barnabas Tharmr, a king who rose to power through his skill with a blade and his alliance with the Eikon Odin.

Sony has issued a notice to co-streamers and creators planning to save the broadcast as a Video-On-Demand (VOD) for recap videos, reposting clips, or segments from the show. The broadcast may include copyrighted content, such as licensed music, that PlayStation does not control, which could potentially interfere with co-streams or VOD archives. To avoid any issues, creators are advised to omit any copyrighted music from their saved content.

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage is the founder and editor-in-chief of Try Hard Guides. He has been covering and writing about video games for over 9 years. He is a 2013 graduate of the Academy of Art University with an A.A. in Web Design and New Media. In his off-time, he enjoys playing video games, watching bad movies, and spending time with his family.


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