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The Tower of London will host a replica of Invictus, the protagonist’s sword from Final Fantasy 16, for one month.
The display, which will be open to the public, will see the sword displayed near authentic armour once worn by British royalty. In-game, the sword is wielded by Clive Rosfield, the game’s protagonist.
“It’s thrilling to see the historic art form of sword crafting continue to thrive in the video game space, and what better way to celebrate this than by displaying this exclusive sword from Final Fantasy 16 alongside the Royal Armouries collection of arms and armour,” said Emma Mawdsley, keeper of the Tower Armouries.
“We are always looking at ways to engage new audiences with our collections across the Museum’s three sites, so we’re very excited to welcome fans of the franchise and gamers alike to the Royal Armouries in the Tower of London.”
The sword was created by swordsmith Tod Todeschini. “Square Enix challenged me to bring the sword from Final Fantasy 16 to life from the digital world to the real world,” he explained, “therefore the first and most sizeable task was working out how to actually make it in reality.
“I knew from the very start this was not going to be an ordinary sword, and challenging in every way, but I’m very pleased with the finished sword and proud that it will be available for the fans to view alongside the Royal Armouries collection in the Tower of London.”
However, ahead of the official release, some copies of Final Fantasy 16 have made their way into the hands of the public. Publisher Square Enix has said it is monitoring pre-release media and has asked fans not to spoil the game’s plot, should they receive it early.
The update will fix progression and crash issues, as well as making performance improvements in different parts of the game.
The development team has also listened to feedback regarding motion blur and will add the ability to turn it off in a future update, Yoshida said, as well as the ability to adjust camera movement.