Final Fantasy 16 fans pick out references from the franchise's entire 36-year history

Final Fantasy 16 PS5 screenshot
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Fans are picking up on plenty of references to the wider series in Final Fantasy 16 following the latest content reveal.

Last week saw a brand new trailer for Final Fantasy 16, showcasing the world in which the game is set, as well as interactions between characters and fast-paced combat. Now that fans have had a chance to comb through the trailer with a magnifying glass, plenty are picking up on possible references to the broader Final Fantasy series in Final Fantasy 16.

Below, for example, one Twitter user thinks that one particular shot in the new trailer is a direct reference to the original Final Fantasy's starting screen. Another Twitter user reckons this is a reference to Final Fantasy 4, which they credit for paving the way for the series' future.

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There are also some intriguing musical cues in the new trailer. The user just below, for example, thinks Final Fantasy 16 composer Masayoshi Soken is subtly referencing the beloved 'Don't be Afraid' track from Final Fantasy 8 in the few seconds of music we can hear in the new clip.

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There's also a lot of speculation about a Final Fantasy 14 reference. In the clip just below, protagonist Clive is facing off against Eikon Benedikta, and the latter commands "now fall," partway through the battle, which some think refers to the Garuda battle theme in the MMORPG.

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Considering Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida happens to be the director of Final Fantasy 14, this last one wouldn't be a big shock. In fact, Final Fantasy 14 is chock full of references to older Final Fantasy games, so if Final Fantasy 16 is full of nods to the series' past, it'd be in keeping with the other Yoshida-led project.

Final Fantasy 16 launches later this year on June 22, 2023, as a PS5 exclusive.

Check out our upcoming PS5 games guide for a complete look over all the other exclusives launching later this year. 

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.