Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal showcase in June unveiled the console’s design and supplied the primary have a look at a variety of next-gen video games due out within the subsequent 12 months. One such undertaking from Sq. Enix is the mysterious Venture Athia, an action-adventure RPG we nonetheless do not know a lot about. Because the sport’s debut, followers have wondered if Venture Athia and the rumored Closing Fantasy XVI might be one and the same. It has all the standard trappings we have come to count on from a contemporary Closing Fantasy, with its fusion of fantasy ideas and up to date aesthetics and an emphasis on motion gameplay quite than turn-based fight.
However might these video games really be one in the identical?
The brief reply right here is that these two video games are in all probability separate entities — or no less than that was the unique intention — however it’s not completely outlandish to marvel if Sony and Sq. Enix could also be pulling a fakeout right here.
Venture Athia is in growth at Luminous Productions, which incorporates many members from the identical group that created Closing Fantasy XV. Way back to October 2017, nonetheless, the previous studio head Hajime Tabata referred to Venture Athia as a brand new IP:
“What I actually needed to do is use every thing I realized from engaged on Closing Fantasy and put it into one thing new,” he advised EuroGamer. “You do not get that many alternatives within the video games trade to make one thing new while you need, so I actually needed to place every thing into that.”
Nevertheless, Habata left Square Enix by November 2018 at a time when Sq. Enix additionally introduced a change in strategy that Luminous would pivot in the direction of “large-scale, high-quality AAA sport titles, which finest leverage [Luminous’] strengths.” There is no telling what went on behind the scenes, however Sq. Enix did report a $33 million loss because the trigger for this modification in technique. This might conceivably imply that the plan to create a dangerous new IP was shifted to deal with one thing extra dependable … like a next-gen Closing Fantasy sport.
Even far more not too long ago, nonetheless, builders hold utilizing phrases like “new” and “recent” to explain Venture Athia. Lead Idea Artist Yuuki Matsuzawa referred to the sport as “a model new IP” in a December 2019 interview with Famitsu.
“Venture Athia is the end result of our philosophy right here at Luminous Productions to create utterly new and recent gaming experiences that fuse collectively the most recent applied sciences with artwork,” new studio head Takeshi Aramaki wrote in a June 2020 PlayStation blog post. “With PS5, our imaginative and prescient really involves life, and with Venture Athia gamers can look ahead to being transported to an unlimited and detailed world full of magnificence and dismay.”
Maybe probably the most strong proof these two titles are distinct comes from a ResetEra forums post from the VG247 options editor Alex Donaldson, printed Sunday. To summarize: Initially of the 12 months, the intention was for FF16 to debut throughout Sony’s June showcase, however as a result of conventional sport promotion occasions like E3 have been canceled, Sony most well-liked to showcase the next-gen graphical energy of Venture Athia. The FF16 reveal was then postponed.
“In that sense, Athia match higher,” Donaldson wrote, “as Athia is [Square Enix]’s forward-looking, visually mindblowing undertaking on new tech more-so than the subsequent FF, which [as far as I know] will use a tried-and-true present engine.” The rumored FF16 might use an present engine like Unreal Engine four whereas Venture Athia is being made with Sq. Enix’s customized Luminous Engine.
Most rumors assert that FF16 is being created in Sq. Enix’s Artistic Enterprise Unit III by the identical groups who work on Closing Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn as led by Naoki Yoshida, aka Yoshi-P. These similar rumors declare FF16 is being developed inside Unreal Engine four, which once more counts as a “tried and true present engine” that Sq. Enix has used for titles like Kingdom Hearts III and Closing Fantasy VII Remake prior to now. These rumors, in fact, stay unconfirmed. However that would all change if Sony and Sq. Enix announce FF16 throughout the September 16 showcase.
So by all accounts, it does appear to be Venture Athia and Closing Fantasy XVI are distinct video games, however there’s each cause to hope that we’ll hear extra about each of them very quickly.
Venture Athia is at present in growth whereas FF16 stays unconfirmed.