Soon after the release of the second trailer for FF16Square Enix has updated the game’s official website to reveal new screenshots and introduce the two new characters featured in the trailer, while noting several story elements in the process.
The world of Final Fantasy XVI, Valisthea, contains six kingdoms formed around the mother crystals. The realms extract Aether from the Mother Crystals, an energy source that powers the magic used in human activities, with wars being waged over these Mother Crystals. The mother crystals are also the only way to stop the advance of the blight, a certain cataclysm that is threatening the world.
Some of the realms house one or more Dominants, someone who has inherited the powers of an Eikon, the new name used for Summons in FF16. Depending on an empire’s culture, Dominants may be worshiped and placed in a position of leadership, ostracized for their powers, or used as tools of war.
The two new characters seen in the trailer, aptly titled “Dominance,” are both Dominants: Hugo Kupka, the Earth Dominant Eikon: Titan, and Benedikta Harman, the Wind Dominant Eikon: Garuda.
FF16 introduces new dominant characters as possible allies
Both the first trailer and Clive’s official profile explained that Dominants can share some of their Eikon’s powers with others. Clive received the power of Phoenix from his little brother Joshua, who is the Dominant of Phoenix. In the second trailer, Clive is heard saying, “I unite the dominants… so we can end the dispute… and have found a new order that will take us through tomorrow.”
This would explain why Clive is equipped with multiple Eikons in the trailer including Phoenix, Shiva, Titan, Garuda, Odin and Ramuh. This strongly suggests that the Dominants will all ally under Clive, although some of them were originally enemies. The new official profiles also indicate this result:
Hugo Kupka – Official profile
Hugo was Permanent Economic Advisor Hugo Kupka’s meteoric rise to prominence was sudden, if not unexpected. Once an unnamed foot soldier in the Republic army, his awakening as the Dominant of the Eikon Titan propelled him to the forefront of Dhalmek politics. Here he used his newfound position as the Republic’s most powerful man to exert influence over the nation’s armies and its policy-making—and amassed a personal fortune in the process. But while it is said that a man who has everything lacks nothing, Benedikta Harman will teach him that money and power are far from all the world has to offer.
Benedikta Harman – Official Profile
After emerging cold-hearted and ruthless from the storm of youth, Benedikta Harman – Dominant of the Eikon Garuda, Guardian of the Wind – transformed her talent for swordplay and subterfuge into command of Waloed’s elite intelligence agencies. On a mission to find the elusive second Eikon of Fire, she crosses paths with a like-minded Clive and is forced to confront her past.
It is interesting to note that Benedikta hails from Waloed, a realm where the current king is also a dominant, but his eikon has not yet been revealed. It’s probably one of the Eikons we saw in the gameplay trailer: either Ramuh, Odin, or Bahamut.
Jill’s identity as Shiva is now fairly certain
Furthermore, the fact that the new characters all resemble their Eikon strongly implies that Jill Warrick is Shiva’s dominant since they both look similar. Note that the artwork on the right shows Jill during the game’s intro with the young version of Clive. It’s likely that the post-timeskip version of Jill bears an even closer resemblance to Shiva.
Last but not least, check out the latest screenshots in the gallery below, which show off several landscapes and areas not shown in the trailer.
That’s all in terms of the new characters in FF16. Square Enix’s JRPG will be released on PS5 in Summer 2023. Producer Naoki Yoshida mentioned that the development team will be revealing more about the game soon, particularly through interviews.
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