All English discussion is being taped in British English, evidently so as not to upset Americans
Final Fantasy 16 does not have any type of American English voice acting since Square Enix was fretted it may upset … Americans.
This is according to Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida, that discussed this element of Final Fantasy 16 in a current meeting with Dengeki Online (opens in new tab) (equated by @aitaikimochi (opens in new tab)). Yoshida described that the English variation of the game will certainly be articulated entirely by stars utilizing British English, as the designers fretted that American English- talking personalities would certainly distress American gamers expecting a genuine depiction of middle ages Europe.
“Even though the script is written in English, we made sure to not include any American accents,” Yoshida stated. “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.
In the past, Final Fantasy characters have spoken in a variety of different accents. Tidus from Final Fantasy 10, Noctis from Final Fantasy 15, and most recently, Cloud from Final Fantasy Remake, just to name a few notable examples. Still, with Final Fantasy 16 bringing to life a distinctly European setting, it’s understandable to have European talent voicing the characters for the English version.
Final Fantasy 16 is due to launch on PS5 as a console exclusive sometime in Summer 2023.
GamesRadar recently had the chance to sit down with Yoshida to conversation concerning Final Fantasy 16’s fight systems