In contrast to the futuristic societies of past installments, Final Fantasy XVI opts for a more traditional, medieval-like setting. The game’s world features wooden and stone architecture, and the characters don the attire of knights and aristocrats. Although fans can still anticipate epic battles with well-known series monsters such as Shiva and Ifrit, this entry in the franchise appears to diverge from its immediate predecessor in terms of setting and atmosphere.
The central plot of the game revolves around competing factions and the impact of crystals on the world. At the heart of this conflict is a young boy named Joshua, who is targeted by a rival faction. Joshua appears to possess an immensely powerful force within him, identified as Phoenix.
In a particular scene, characters gather to discuss the importance of the “Mother Crystal” in halting the progression of a mysterious “blight.” This raises several questions about the implications of the blight on the world and the unfolding narrative. Different factions may have diverging interests in preserving or destroying the Mother Crystal.