Unlike its predecessors, which had been rated 16+ since GO, Final Fantasy XVI will have an 18+ rating, for the first time in a mainline game by Final Fantasy. He thought about explaining the reasons behind this classification Square Enix in person.
Speaking into the microphones of Game Informerthe producer Naoki Yoshida revealed some background on why the PEGI 18 sticker or the M Rating of the American equivalent ESRB, and apparently it would not be connected to actual more mature or violent content present within Final Fantasy XVI.
“People often ask us if the rating shot up because we wanted to make a more violent game than in the past, and the answer is no,” says Yoshida, who continues: “From the outside, the rating system doesn’t appear to have changed, you have your E for everyone, your T for teenagers, and of course you have the Mature rating.The problem is that over the years, going forward and with more and more games released, these types of ratings have greatly changed and we find ourselves not being able to do that much to receive the same ratings as in the past”.
Even the director Hiroshi Takai had his say on the subject: “With new hardware generations and visuals becoming more and more realistic, if you want to tell a story that seems real, you also have to make it realistic. By showing realistic visuals, it therefore becomes more difficult to keep between lower ratings, and this trend started already in the transition from PS2 to PS3, when the graphics started to become a bit more realistic. Moving towards higher ratings allows us to tell the story we want to tell without having to pretend. tell a story based on war, but you can’t show blood, then it wouldn’t be realistic.” question.
More mature content aside, Final Fantasy 16 continues to be the most awaited game by Famitsh readers, and also in the rest of the world there is great curiosity to find out how the new main game of the series will turn out. Despite this, it seems that Square Enix is concerned by the pre-orders of Final Fantasy 16, which would be lower than what was recorded at the time by Final Fantasy XV.