Final Fantasy 16 Prioritizes English Voice Over

Final Fantasy 16’s English version is ahead of the Japanese.

By Fragnarok, Posted 27 Jul 2021

Square Enix producer Naoki Yoshida appeared on Washa ga na TV Collab to speak about the current progress of Final Fantasy 16. During it, he mentioned that the English version of the game came first over the Japanese. This included focusing on recording English voice lines, integrating the acting with all motion capture data, and working out any errors. However, Yoshida further noted that the Japanese version isn’t significantly behind, but did not clarify with more details. It will be interested to see if Final Fantasy 16’s overall tone and focus will appeal more towards western audiences, or if this is simply a technical or scheduling issue.

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This shouldn’t be too surprising, as Yoshida’s team has done a similar process with Final Fantasy 14. In that game, often times the English and Japanese are not even localizations of each other and are instead completely different scripts with unrelated schedules; the later German and French translations are conversions from Japanese and are quite different than its English counterparts.      

Kurtis Seid, NoobFeed

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Publisher(s): Square Enix
Developer(s): Creative Business Unit III, Square Enix
Genres: Role-Playing
Themes: Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Release Date: 2023-06-22

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