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Final Fantasy XVI State Of Play: Start Time And How To Watch

More than 20 minutes of new Final Fantasy XVI gameplay footage will be shown.


Sony will host the latest in its PlayStation-focused State of Play streams today, April 13, in just a matter of minutes. This one will be focused on a single game: the upcoming RPG Final Fantasy XVI. Sony has said to expect about 20 minutes of gameplay, but we don't know specifically what aspects of the game we'll be seeing ahead of its launch. But Final Fantasy XVI is one of the most highly anticipated games of 2023, so you're not going to want to miss it. Here's when you can watch the Final Fantasy XVI State of Play and what to expect. [Update: The event is now over, and it provided a thorough look at Final Fantasy XVI gameplay.]

State of Play start time

The PlayStation State of Play kicks off on April 13 at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET. It will feature 20 minutes of gameplay but the actual broadcast will likely end up being slightly longer than that.

  • 2 PM PT
  • 4 PM CT
  • 5 PM ET
  • 10 PM BST

You'll be able to watch the stream via PlayStation's official Twitch and YouTube channels. The stream is also embedded below to make it even easier for you.

What to expect

PlayStation, according to a blog post, will touch on FF16's dark fantasy setting, Eikons and Dominants, "the flashy battle system teased in early trailers," and more. It's unknown right now if the State of Play will only focus on FF16, or if other announcements and games will make an appearance.

Ahead of Final Fantasy 16's launch, Square Enix has released a steady stream of info about the game. We know about how long it will take to complete--80 hours--and we know it's a dark fantasy setting with action-based battles, as opposed to turn-based combat, featuring huge Eikons. FF16 producer Naoki Yoshida said the team went for a more action-oriented direction in order to appeal to younger players. For more information, you can check out GameSpot's Final Fantasy 16 preview.

Final Fantasy XVI is set to launch on June 22 for PlayStation 5. It will remain a PS5 exclusive for six months, but Yoshida said players shouldn't expect a PC edition immediately after the exclusivity expires. "I will make it clear... the PC version will not come out in half a year," Yoshida said.

If you haven't snagged a copy yet, check out our Final Fantasy XVI preorder guide.

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