Final Fantasy 16’s Eikon summons is compared to nuclear weapons

Final Fantasy 16’s story will feature Eikon summonses and a Mother Crystal that producer Naoki Yoshida has compared to nuclear weapons and oil-rich countries.

The news comes from a Famitsu interview, translated by streamer and Final Fantasy fan Aitai Kimochi.

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In the interview, Yoshida gives more details about the role of Mother Crystal.

“The various countries within the world of Valisthea were built under the Mother Crystals. In modern terms, it basically corresponds to a land rich in oil. The ether flows from the Mother Crystals, and that is where the lands are From, based on the rules of each country, the Icons are formed within a Dominant and this is continued for generations.The Icons are used in the same way as today’s nuclear weapons.

“But the ether from Mother Crystal is drying up, and it has again caused countries to wage war on each other to demand more of the ether for themselves. Prohibited happens … and that becomes the basis of this story. ”

Yoshida also goes into detail about the importance of the Icons and how each country treats their Dominant and Eikon.

“Our main character Clive is from the Kingdom of Rosaria, where the Phoenix Dominant is born every generation in the line of the Grand Duke. Phoenix serves as the god and protector of the land. But Phoenix does not always live in the Grand Duke. Himself, and history shows how instead for Clive to inherit Phoenix, his younger brother Joshua inherits the Icon, which in turn makes Clive feel a little inferior.

“On the other hand, in the neighboring countries of the Iron Empire, Icons and Dominions are considered to be tainted and are completely subject to being used exclusively as a weapon of mass destruction. In the Dhalmekia Republic, where Hugo comes from, dominant for Titan serves as Chief Military Advisor for the Council and have a major influence in their strategies. ”

He concludes: “The country’s rule is that there should be only one Eikon representing a single element. But even though Phoenix should be the only Eikon of Fire, there is another … and it serves as a starting point for history.”

It looks like this is where Ifrit, seen in the trailer, comes in.

In a speech to Gamespot, Yoshida noted that Final Fantasy 16 will have a more mature story than previous games, hence the higher age rating. It also ties in with the plot’s central themes.

“One of the main themes explored in Final Fantasy 16’s narrative deals with the inevitable clash of values ​​and ideals when you get several different people with different ideals in the same room; what is really right and what is really wrong?” said Yoshida.

“Again, because we focus so much on their dominants and they have such a big part in this story, you get to see how they think the world should be and what they think is right for the world. You go to focus on the motives and the struggles, and then you will dive even deeper and into darker themes when it comes to how people should live, should people live the life that was chosen for them, or fight to escape from it kind of fate? ”

Final Fantasy 16 will have an action-based combat system and will not have an open world.

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