The future game will have a mature rating, unlike other games in the Final Fantasy series. But still, the game Final Fantasy XVI got banned in Saudi Arabia. It is likely that contributing factors to the M-rating assigned by the ESRB included violence and language. But the precise content judged as such remains unknown.
In the past, Saudi Arabia forbade video games with adult themes. Games like the God of War series and Grand Theft Auto. The heavily regulated nation has now chosen to forbid Final Fantasy 16 before its June 22, 2023 release.
Final Fantasy XVI Release Date
Final Fantasy XVI’s official release date is June 22, 2023, as confirmed by the game’s director Naoki Yoshida during the most recent State of Play event for PlayStation.
The plans for additional updates, which were anticipated for late 2021, were derailed by the world crisis, despite their anticipation. Added “complications have delayed the game’s development by almost a year,” producer Naoki Yoshida revealed on December 27.
Yet, according to director Hiroshi Takai, “I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied Final Fantasy franchise. The reward for your patience will be given. Even though we are giving this project our all every day, it can still take some time before we can put it in your hands. The wait will be worthwhile, I assure you.
The game is then said to be almost complete, according to commentary by Yoshida that was found by VGC on April 29, 2022. According to a Japanese magazine interview that was translated, “Final Fantasy XVI development is nearing completion.
The single-player game Final Fantasy XVI tries to combine the narrative with the gaming experience. Final Fantasy XVI emphasises the individual as opposed to online, which shows numerous players at once. This enhances the narrative’s immersion. The plot is pretty complicated.
Final Fantasy XVI Banned in Saudi!
The Public Authority for Audiovisual Media in Saudi Arabia has blocked the publication of Final Fantasy 16 on Twitter, according to the CEO of Aitai Japan aitakimochi. According to the announcement, the publisher’s “unwillingness to make necessary changes” was the reason the nation had chosen to boycott the game.
One Twitter user made the claim that one of the characters in Final Fantasy 16 was gay, which might be why Saudi Arabia banned the game. Additionally, Super_HunTTer claimed Square Enix had turned down a request from Saudi Arabia to remove one or two brief scenes.
According to the tweet, Square Enix was asked by Saudi Arabia to alter the game, but the company declined. As a result, Final Fantasy XVI won’t launch in the nation, at least not right now. In terms of offensive content, one of the game’s primary characters is openly gay. Saudi Arabia wants this changed because it considers same-sex relationships between men and women to be crimes and forbids them in all forms of media, including video games. The game is prohibited from going further due to Square Enix’s “unwillingness to make the necessary modifications.”
Why Saudi Arabia Banned FFXVI?
I commend Square Enix for maintaining its position and refusing to alter the game in order to comply with Saudi Arabia’s request. This supports the rumours and leaks that an LGBTQ character does appear in the game. I won’t mention who it is, but I’m certain a quick Google search will reveal it.
Producer Naoki Yoshida mentioned altering the fighting system for a younger audience despite Final Fantasy 16’s adult rating.
“For the past decade or so, I’ve seen quite a number of opinions saying, ‘I don’t understand the attraction of selecting commands in video games,’” Yoshida said. “This opinion is only increasing, particularly with younger audiences who do not typically play RPGs.”
Turn-based fighting is a common component of Final Fantasy games. To do away with the necessity for command systems, FFXVI has adopted a more action-based method. The action role-playing game Final Fantasy XVI will be a break from the mainline series and a logical development of Final Fantasy XV. Though I appreciate the change, some fans of the series are still perplexed by the decision. Those who have played the game claim that the combat is similar to Devil May Cry, which makes sense given that Ryota Suzuki also designed the combat for FFXVI and served as the game designer for Devil May Cry 5.
Naoki Yoshida made some remarks on the lack of diversity in the upcoming Final Fantasy 16, and I still haven’t forgotten or forgiven him. Blaming the game’s “rooted in reality” theme and mediaeval setting for Final Fantasy 16 is a cop-out. Indeed, Yoshi-P. It’s a game where players can employ magic and other fantastical features, but it also has some real-world elements.
Final Fantasy XVI story
A Final Fantasy XVI extended trailer was released during the State of Play in June 2022. It fulfils the promise it made at the beginning by offering a bloodier, more violent rendition of the series. There is a strong emphasis on political intrigue, and the power of the primal appears to be great and scary. Giant primal boss fights are shown, but it’s unclear what is actually happening.
Considering what we can infer from the trailer, Final Fantasy XVI will probably keep up the trend of active combat. The player was clearly doing combos on the monsters, but it’s challenging to understand how these mechanics function without a thorough demo display. I sincerely hope that the series will have a fluid control system with unprecedented control accuracy.
Final Fantasy XVI leaks and Rumours
According to Siliconera, Ryota Suzuki has been appointed Battle Director for a brand-new AAA game at Square Enix. Suzuki previously worked on Devil May Cry 5 and Dragon’s Dogma as a designer and the game’s lead game designer.
He may or may not be working on Final Fantasy XVI, but if he is, that probably indicates the game’s fighting system will test the player’s reflexes in fast-paced encounters.
Final Fantasy 16 launches June 22, exclusively for PS5.