Final Fantasy XVI is the sixteenth installment in the Final Fantasy main series, and is the second of the series to be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is the flagship of a multi-game project similar to the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy known as Fantasia Exscidium Finale: Final Fantasy XVI. As with Final Fantasy XIII, the game runs on Crystal Tools (formerly known as White Engine), a proprietary engine built for Square Enix's next-generation games. It will have a significantly darker plot than those of past titles and is to be featured in a more futuristic world. Final Fantasy XVI, directed by Motomu Toriyama, also is to have high quality graphics similar to those seen in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete and a never-before-seen battle system that will be both challenging and exciting for players.
In the first trailer released for Final Fantasy XVI, the main protagonist, Mirage, is seen walking in a black space that appears to be made of glass, as her reflection is seen occasionally as she walks. The camera views her from different angles, and with every step she takes, the floor begins to crack as glass would when broken. Brief glimpses of in-game cutscenes and gameplay are seen as well. Eventually the dark space vanishes as if blown away by the wind and in a blinding flash of light, Mirage continues walking into a white space. The floor continues to break as she walks and more gameplay and cutscenes are seen. Eventually, Mirage stops and is consumed in flames. She then appears in a mysterious realm in a whirlwind of rose petals, activating her Illusion Sabers and rushing towards the camera before the game's logo is displayed.