‘Final Fantasy 16’ devs were “required” to watch ‘Game of Thrones’

The core team were "required" to watch the hit series "because we wanted this type of feel" in 'Final Fantasy 16'

Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida has revealed that the development team had to watch Game of Thrones for inspiration.

Since the first trailer for Final Fantasy 16 was released, there have been comparisons to western fantasy — particularly the hit HBO series — mainly due to the game’s medieval themes.

When asked about this in a recent interview with Eurogamer, Yoshida explained that as he’s grown older, he’s found that he likes “fantasy based more in reality.”


Final Fantasy 16
Final Fantasy 16. Credit: Square Enix

“We wanted to create something that really resonated with a lot of people,” Yoshida said. “And when we saw how Game of Thrones, and before that the Song of Ice and Fire series, has really resonated with players, we knew that this was something that we wanted to do as well.

“When we first started creating the game. We had our core team of about 30 members very early on buy the Blu-ray boxset of Game of Thrones and required everyone to watch it, because we wanted this type of feel.”

Art director Hiroshi Minagawa added that the team wanted to create something with a western feel, saying, “…we have to look to the west for that kind of inspiration. And so things like Game of Thrones are things that we look to, because that type of stuff does not exist where we live in Japan.”

Final Fantasy 16 is set to release for PS5 on June 22. In NME‘s preview, Jake Tucker said: “Final Fantasy 16 itself owes a lot of debt to the recent success of the dark fantasy genres. While Final Fantasy 15 was all about some nice boys and their car, this is a more traditional sword and sorcery affair, with smart writing and cracking performances to back up a more mature tone.”

In other gaming news, Tears Of The Kingdom was almost complete before it was delayed last year.

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