Every PS5 game needs Final Fantasy 16’s 'Active Time Lore" feature

By Lee Brady,

Final Fantasy XVI will introduce a new gameplay feature called "Active Time Lore," and we think every upcoming PS5 game should have it.

If you're wary about diving into those Final Fantasy XVI trophies at launch because you've had a bad time with other plot-heavy games, then a new gameplay feature coming to FFXVI might make you reconsider. The new Active Time Lore system lets PS5 players pause Final Fantasy XVI's cutscenes for character and lore reminders, and it's a feature we think should be in all of the best PS5 games.

FFXVIBooking up on all that rich Final Fantasy XVI lore.

FFXVI Active Time Lore system should be in every PS5 exclusive

After confirming that Final Fantasy XVI's difficulty can be made perfectly manageable even for non-action game players, PlayStation revealed the new Active Time Lore in a new blog post.

Called "ATL" for short, the blog post describes the Active Time Lore system as: "integrated throughout [Final Fantasy XVI] and will allow you to pause the game at any point, even mid-cutscene, and get tailored lore prompts to refresh your memory on a character just mentioned, a nation’s history, or a particular event that took place."

FFXVIHitting pause to figure out what is going on.

The game features "hundreds of entries," so there's a good chance if you're unsure about what's happening, you can simply hit pause and get the low-down on what a character is on about. The ATL system is also completely ignorable. So, if you feel like you don't need a refresher, you can just play the game without ever running into it. That said, as a fan of both Final Fantasy and a broad spectrum of the best JRPGs on PlayStation and beyond, let me be among the first to say that the ATL system sounds amazing and should be in every game.

A glossary feature like the ATL system is by no means an entirely new idea for video games. Fans of Metal Gear Solid 4 will vividly recall its photographic flashback button, and in my Like a Dragon Ishin review, I neglected to mention a simple feature that offers brief, usually unhelpful snippets of Japanese history when someone mentions a place or faction. I enjoyed what little info Like a Dragon gave me and scribbled down a wish in my journal for someone to do this again, but better. Now, with the ATL system confirmed just a few weeks later, it appears my journal was in fact magic and I should really have used its powers to score a free PS VR2 or something.

FFXVI"Well done, Clive! But now tell me: who the hell am I!?"

Though we are yet to see Final Fantasy's release to see if it's all it's cracked up to be, the promise of this glossary feature has meant I want to see FFXVI's ATL system in everything. Can you imagine playing Metal Gear Solid with a button that lets you pause and figure out what the hell anybody is talking about? What about returning from a ten-hour-long hunt for God of War Ragnarok trophies and having the slightest idea what you were supposed to be doing next in the plot?

Maybe if Ubisoft got itself a hold of a full-bodied ATL-like system like Final Fantasy 16 is promising, we might actually look forward to playing every upcoming Assassin's Creed game on PS5 — the less modern Assassin's Creed gameplay and the more interactive history lessons, the better. In fact, forget Ubisoft — imagine how many more gamers would be into Kingdom Hearts if they could press a button and finally begin to make sense of even some of it.

FFXVINow you don't need to go to Wikipedia to find out who this guy is!

At least Final Fantasy XVI is looking more and more like one of the best action RPGs on PS5 — here's hoping Square Enix continues to surprise us with little additions like this before the game launches June 22nd, 2023. Let us know in the comments whether you like the sound of the ATL system, and what game series you would add it to.
Lee Brady
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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