Final Fantasy 16 demo is a hit with fans: "This is truly the next generation of Final Fantasy"

Final Fantasy 16 NPC wielding a blade, holding it in front of them.
(Image credit: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy 16's demo has only just gone live, but reactions are already breathlessly praising it.

Earlier today on June 12 saw the long-awaited Final Fantasy 16 demo go live around the world for PS5 users. Now that players have had the chance to go hands-on with the final product, the early reactions from the demo are in, and as you can see from just a smattering of tweets below, players have nothing but praise for Final Fantasy 16.

It's interesting to hear that Final Fantasy 16 has some of "Final Fantasy 14's DNA" in its characters and world, considering both projects share some key developers like Naoki Yoshida. It's also quite intriguing to hear that it's "so much like Game of Thrones," considering Eurogamer's recent report that Yoshida himself revealed that the HBO adaptation was required viewing for every developer on the game.

It's pretty clear from these early reactions that a lot of Square Enix's hard work has paid off in the early hours of Final Fantasy 16, especially if people are throwing up (a win is a win). It's pretty uncommon to see this kind of near-universal praise for a demo, but so far at least, that's the sort of impression that players of Final Fantasy 16's demo are sounding off with.

Final Fantasy 16's demo focuses on the prologue of the new game, and should last you roughly two and a half hours. You'll even be able to carry over your progress to the final game on June 22, and what's more, you'll also unlock a special combat demo when you're done with the demo's story mode.

Check out our Final Fantasy 16 preview to see what we made of the new game, as well as interview comments from Yoshida and more.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.