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The eikon battles are one of the things Naoki Yoshida is most excited about.

In speaking to The Verge, the game's director talked about how earth-shattering, knock-down, drag-out fights between some of the franchise's most prominent and popular monsters featured heavily in this latest single-player, non-re remake entry in the 35-year history of

In the Final Fantasy series, summons are a kind of break glass in case of emergency. Over the years, players have had varying levels of control over them, with the power to call them forth for a one-time big hit like in Final Fantasy VII and IX, or issue commands to them directly like in Final Fantasy X. Final Fantasy XII offers more summon to combat than just having a big dude show up to beat on other dudes for you.

Image of Final Fantasy XVI featuring ice summon Shiva fighting against a Final Fantasy cat monster Image: Square Enix

There are epic summon versus summon battles. These are going to be in more than one movie. The players will be able to get into those battles and control an eikon of their own and feel the excitement from the inside.

Eikons are at the heart of all the trailers, media, and lore we've seen so far, and focusing the game on these creatures of immense and awesome power is key to Yoshida's vision.

We envision Final Fantasy XII as a roller coaster that will take players on a thrilling ride both story- and game-wise.

Final Fantasy is in the middle of a hot season. Final Fantasy XIV continues to enjoy worldwide popularity while fans are eagerly anticipating the launch of the second part of the Final Fantasy VII Remaking trilogy. You are eating well even if you are a Final Fantasy fan. Concerns about Square Enix making a successful, original, single-player Final Fantasy title have been revived by the arrival of XVI.

Image of Final Fantasy XVI protagonist Clive Rosefield standing in front of a background of flames Image: Square Enix

The title of the game, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, made waves for being a weird "cringe but make it camp" game, but it didn't enjoy a lot of success. Final Fantasy XV was a commercial hit but a critical failure due to delays, scope changes, platform changes, and leadership changes, and a back-half that is almost wholly indef

The problems that plagued FFXV's production were well known to the team.

The first thing that we did back in the early days of Final Fantasy XII was to focus on the game system. The meat of the script and narrative was finished once we had that.

The result is a game that is fully playable from start to finish, hopefully without the worry of needing DLC or books to fill in gaps or better express the game's story after the fact.

Fans are excited for XVI in a way they might not have been for other Final Fantasy games. He is one of the reasons that Final Fantasy XIV was able to be salvaged from a barely usable mess into the critically acclaimed game that was, just last year, so popular sales and free trials had to be suspended. I want to know if his secret sauce made it into FFXVI.

He said that Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XV are very different games for players who want very different things.

We envision Final Fantasy XVI as like a giant, high-speed roller coaster that will take players on a thrilling ride both story- and gameplay-wise.”

Learning who the fans of Final Fantasy are and what they expect from the series has proved to be the most valuable thing.

The difference between a marathon and a 100 meter dash is the experience of developing these games. He used to run a marathon in order to keep fans interested and he needed to train himself to run a shorter distance.

He said that single-player games are more about instant gratification than an online game. When you get to the end of the game, people think it was a great game because of the short burst of excitement.

There is more than one person working on FFXVI. XIV's composer Masayoshi Soken is working on XIV's music. I wanted to know if Yoshida knew how Soken was handling the assignment.

Image of a monstrous grinning eikon Titan from Final Fantasy XVI Image: Square Enix

A lot of different types of music styles can be found in Final Fantasy XIV, which has always been considered a Final Fantasy theme park. There is a focus on Clive Rosefield and his journey in the final fantasy. I wanted a more focused experience when it came to music.

Soken told Yoshida that he was having a hard time adapting to working on a single-player game.

It has been difficult for him to focus on a single theme. It has been a while since he had to do that and not be able to do what he wants.

Final FantasyXV is a coming of age for him. He talked about how his imagination made him feel like he was watching a movie when he played the first Final Fantasy. He doesn't have to rely on his imagination anymore.

The best part of a game and the best part of a movie are put together to create a truly interactive type of game. The sheer size and scale of the battles of the eikons have been exciting to develop. When I was a child, I imagined that Final Fantasy would look like this, and being able to see them now has been exciting.