If you’re wondering how much time you’ll need to set aside for Final Fantasy 16a new interview confirmed that it will take around 35 hours.
In a new interview with Famitsu, Final Fantasy 16 director Hiroshi Takai and producer Naoki Yoshida shared their estimated playtime for the next entry in the classic series, pegging it at around 35 hours (translations from aitaïkimochi, thanks IGN). And for the finalists, it looks like you’ll have around 70-80 hours of gameplay to go, according to Yoshida himself.
“If you want to master and upgrade all abilities, collect all accessories, do all side quests, and fight all monster hunts, you’re probably looking at around 70-80 hours of gameplay,” Yoshida said. The producer noted that there’s also an incredibly difficult New Game+ mode called “Final Fantasy Mode,” which lets you roll over all of your stats, adding even more hours to the final tally.
Interestingly, Yoshida also shared that when development started he “had the idea that players these days are really busy with other things, so I wanted them to be able to at least aim to complete the story. I thought making the game something you can finish in about 20 hours would make sense, but more and more stuff is getting wrapped up.”
Plus, there will be a leaderboard included, meaning there’s another way for you to spend your time racking up points to try and top the leaderboard.
We already knew that Final Fantasy 16 would have around 11 hours of cutscenes alone, which means roughly a third of the game will be spent watching it. Unlike Final Fantasy 15, it won’t be an open-world experience, but it won’t be a fully linear game either, making it similar to its God of War inspirations.