According to an interview with 4Gamer, the demo for FFXVI will go live about two weeks before the game’s release. Naoki Yoshida, the director for FFXVI, described what parts of the game the demo will encompass. You will be able to experience about two hours of the game before its official launch. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]
The demo will cover the first two hours of the game. Right when a “shocking” event happens, it will say something like, “Check out the rest in the full game.” Then the logo for FFXVI will appear. Apparently, because you will not have full access to all of your abilities in the action sequences (since it will be the opening), Ryota Suzuki expressed worry. A selling point of FFXVI is its action, but people will not see it in its entirety in the demo.
However, Yoshida stated that two weeks before the game’s launch is a good time window. Because the demo will end at an “exciting” cliffhanger, it will likely entice players to go and purchase the game. As well, if the demo comes out too early, then it may cause players to start to lose interest.
FFXVI will be the latest entry in Square Enix’s long-running Final Fantasy series. It takes place in Valisthea, in which six nations with magical Crystals and human Dominants are involved in a war. The focus is on Clive Rosfield, who embarks on a journey for revenge after he sees the Eikon Ifrit destroy his kingdom.
Final Fantasy XVI will come out on June 22, 2023 for the PS5. That means the demo should come out around June 8, 2023.