Square Enix surprised fans by releasing a new trailer for Final Fantasy XVI titled Ambition. Unlike the previous trailers, Ambition focuses on the world and larger narrative, over climatic battles and events.
Following the trailer release, Final Fantasy XVI producer, Naoki Yoshida, added the following in a PlayStation Blog post:
Introduction of the Dominants of Bahamut and Odin
We hope you enjoyed the latest Final Fantasy XVI trailer! Next, we’d like to introduce two new characters you might be curious about, the Dominants of Bahamut and Odin.
Crown prince of the Holy Empire of Sanbreque and leader of its noblest and most feared order of knights—the dragoons. Dion Lesage is loved and respected by both his people and his troops, not least for the many times he has turned the tide of battle in their favor. Indeed, songs of the heroism of the warrior prince and his Eikon Bahamut, King of Dragons, are never far from the lips and lutes of Sanbrequois bards. But all is not well in the empire, and the gathering shadows may yet be enough to quell Bahamut’s light…
Arriving on the shores of Ash as a landless and titleless wanderer, it was Barnabas Tharmr‘s skill with a blade that won him a kingdom. And though the local beastmen were to rise in revolt against his rule, Barnabas called on the power of his Eikon, Odin, to quell their rebellions nigh single-handedly, bringing the entirety of the eastern continent under the Waloeder banner. Now he has an army and navy that rival any in Valisthea at his disposal, yet still the king is drawn to where the fighting is thickest—riding into battle atop his spectral steed and sundering foes with his fabled black blade, or merely observing the unfolding chaos from the sidelines, a grisly gleam of fascination ever in his eyes.PlayStation Blog
Final Fantasy XVI director, Hiroshi Takai, offered the following comment on the trailer:
Our third trailer is finally here and jam-packed with exciting new information that provides a better picture of how the game’s setting, lore, and characters tie in with our compelling narrative. Hopefully it was worth the wait!
As the game edges closer to completion, the team has turned its full attention to debugging and final adjustments. Now that things are starting to come together, the game is sizing up to be something truly special.
We know you are all hungry to see more, but for now we hope that this little peek into the world of FINAL FANTASY XVI is enough to keep you both satisfied and (of course) speculating until our next big reveal.PlayStation Blog
Final Fantasy XVI is set to release on PlayStation 5 in summer 2023.