Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida has revealed that the RPG’s cutscenes will actually first be filmed with the English version as opposed to the Japanese.
Speaking on the latest episode of Washagana TV (as spotted & translated by Gematsu) Yoshida revealed that the studio is currently hard at work producing the cutscenes for the game. While previous entries in the long-running series have traditionally led with the Japanese dub, Yoshida said: “This time, English recording is going first. And we have been focusing on British English.”
In fact, many of Final Fantasy XVI‘s dialogue scenes are already well into the mocap stage too, Yoshida said. “Also we have to record facial movements. We can’t possibly hand-animate every cut of a scene. So this time we are doing full facial motion captures and then adding voices to that. Those works are not entirely cutscenes though. So this is one of the reasons why the English version is ahead of others. We are going to start the Japanese version soon.” Previous title Final Fantasy VII Remake used AI-generated facial animations.
Funnily enough, Yoshida also admitted he doesn’t often attend voice recording sessions, fearing a too many cooks scenario. ” If I go, since I also write some dialogue I would want to step in and say my opinions” he says, and would rather leave the job to the Sound Director.
Final Fantasy XVI is currently in development for the PlayStation 5 with an unannounced release date. Yoshida has previously said not to expect to see the game at the Tokyo Game Show in September either.