Everything we've seen of Final Fantasy XVI so far has suggested that protagonist Clive will be a solo fighter — something that a mainline, single-player Final Fantasy game has never had, with every previous title giving players a ragtag party of heroes to command. The closest we've ever had was Final Fantasy XV, which only allowed players to control Noctis — although later updates expanded control to all four main characters.
Anyway, as it turns out, Final Fantasy XVI will have party members — other characters who will fight alongside Clive. However, these party members will not be playable, with producer Naoki Yoshida confirming that your allies will be AI controlled in a new interview with IGN.
"For most of his journey, Clive will be accompanied by one or more companions. These companions will participate in battle, as well as trade banter with Clive. That said, the party members will be AI-driven so as to allow players to focus solely on controlling Clive," Yoshida explains.
So, Final Fantasy XVI won't be the solitary adventure that we've already painted pictures of in our heads. It'll be interesting to see how combat works when Clive takes to the battlefield with his allies — do they just do their own thing, or will they join you for special attacks or combos? We obviously still have a lot of questions, but we're sure that Square Enix will be providing answers over the coming months as we get closer to the game's summer 2023 release window.
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