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Published on September 5th, 2023 | by gareth


Square Enix Delights Fans At PAX West

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At PAX West, SQUARE ENIX revealed new updates for two of their hit games, FINAL FANTASY XVI and THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE.


For FINAL FANTASY XVI, SQUARE ENIX hosted a “Voices from Valisthea” panel led by Localization Director Michael-Christopher Koji Fox and some of the game’s English voice actors. During the panel, they discussed the journey of bringing the beloved characters to life in the latest standalone entry in the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY series. The panel also included a segment where the voice actors answered a series of fan questions submitted through social media.


As part of the panel, FINAL FANTASY XVI Producer, Naoki Yoshida announced a thank you gift for FINAL FANTASY XVI players, featuring an alternate outfit and weapon skins for Clive, along with outfits for some of the other characters, and a free “onion sword,” allowing Clive to wield the favored blade of the Warriors of Light, heroes of FINAL FANTASY III. This “Appearance” feature will be available with a free update for Version 1.10 later tonight, and the “onion sword” can also be claimed by accessing “Redeemable Items” from the “System” menu. The free update also includes a number of improvements to the game, including additional game setting options, adjustments to Arcade Mode and more.


To watch the full panel, visit here. Assets depicting some of the additional outfits and “onion sword” can also be found on the SQUARE ENIX Press Site here.


The fun doesn’t stop there for FINAL FANTASY fans! As part of PlayStation’s Deal of the Week, FINAL FANTASY XVI is now 20% off on PlayStation 5 via the PlayStation Store until September 6–making it the perfect time to grab the game for interested gamers who haven’t purchased it yet!


Additionally, SQUARE ENIX announced that THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE is adding FINAL FANTASY XVI DLC. Available as an individual purchase or through the Season Pass Vol. 3, the DLC includes 11 songs for players to jam out to from the latest mainline installment in the series, including My Star, Find the Flame, To Sail Forbidden Seas and more. The FINAL FANTASY XVI Pack launches on November 1, 2023.

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