In an interview with Dengeki Online, producer Naoki Yoshida revealed that all characters from Final Fantasy 16 will be voiced in British English.
The characters of Final Fantasy 16 will be dubbed in British English and not with the universal American one. The confirmation came from producer Naoki Yoshida, who also explained the reason: paradoxically, he doesn’t want to offend American players .
In an interview with Dengeki Online, translated by the ever-reliable @aitaikimochi, Yoshi-P explained that Final Fantasy 16 will be voiced exclusively by British actors as the developers fear that American players hoping to savor a game set in a fantasy world. medieval European style might be disappointed.
“Even though the script is written in English, we made sure to not include any American accents,” Yoshida said. “We decided to do this to prevent Americans from playing the game and getting mad and saying something like, ‘I was looking forward to playing a game set in a fantasy Medieval Europe, but why are they speaking American English!?’ (laughs). To prevent this, we made sure that all the dialogue was recorded using British English.
Dubbing Final Fantasy 16 in British English is therefore a stylistic choice taken to best represent a medieval European-style fantasy. It is not the first time that Square Enix has paid some attention to these details. Final Fantasy 9, for example, although devoid of dubbing, faithfully represented the various Japanese dialects (later adapted into Italian ones in our shores) to characterize the colorful cast of characters in the game in an original way.
Final Fantasy 16 will be available in the summer of 2023 for PS5.