Concept Art for the Final Fantasy 14 Team's Next-Gen Game Emerges

Concept Art for the Final Fantasy 14 Team's Next-Gen Game Emerges

We've got castles, we've got dragons.

Some new info on Square Enix Japan's employee recruitment page suggests the studio is going full steam ahead on its major "next gen" project, and there's a chance said project might be—nay, is hopefully—Final Fantasy 16.

A small blurb and some concept art can be found on Square Enix's employment information page for its Third Development Division. (Thanks to Nova Crystallis for the translation.) A blurb near the bottom of the page reads:

Following Final Fantasy XIV, we have launched a new core project and have begun the challenge for the next generation. This project has already completed its initial development, has completed environment development and is now moving into a full-scale large-scale development phase.

Architects in Square Enix's universe bore easily, so every castle they construct doubles as a real-life game of Jenga. | Square Enix/Source

The blurb is illustrated with what appears to be concept art for the project in question. It features a large castle on a cliff overlooking a medieval-style town by a sea. Near the front of the picture there's a silhouette of a person and a small dragon. If this picture does indeed belong to Final Fantasy 16, it's intriguing: It could signal a return to the series' fantasy roots after its long stint with sci-fi.

Square Enix's Third Development Division is headed by Naoki Yoshida, who's also known by his nickname Yoshi-P. Word got out last spring that Yoshida is working on a "big new project," and the rumor mill latched onto the possibility of it being Final Fantasy 16. Yoshida is currently the director of Final Fantasy 14, a project he righted with a reboot following a disastrous launch. Final Fantasy 14 continues to perform well, especially in the wake of the new Shadowbringers expansion. If Yoshida is indeed helming Final Fantasy 16, I imagine there'd be few objections.

It'll be some time before Square Enix is ready to share anything definitive, but for now we invite you to look forward to Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which is coming in March 2020. Make sure to visit our Final Fantasy 7 Remake guide if you want to read up on everything we know about the game.

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Nadia Oxford

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Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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