Final Fantasy 16 free PS5 update fixes a massive RPG pet peeve

A free Final Fantasy 16 update for September 2023 brings new costumes for Clive, Jill, and Torgal to PS5, as well as a fix for one classic RPG pet peeve.

Final Fantasy 16 free PS5 update fixes a massive RPG pet peeve
Lee Brady

Lee Brady


Square Enix clearly doesn't want you to give up on unlocking all those Final Fantasy XVI trophies just yet — that's why they've released a free Final Fantasy 16 update for September 2023. While the update isn't exactly overflowing with content, it does serve to improve one of the best PS5 games ever by allowing players to freely change the look of Clive's sword without affecting their in-game stats.

Final Fantasy XVI free DLC brings new sword and cosmetics to PS5

Announced by Square Enix in a YouTube video (embedded below), the free FFXVI update went live on PS5 this Sunday, September 3, 2023. The update introduces the ability to change the appearance of certain characters, with Clive, Jill, and Torgal all getting new alternate looks for the player to mess around with. A brand new weapon, the "Onion Sword," was also made redeemable via in-game menus.
These cosmetic updates are all well and good, but the headline feature of this FFXVI patch is the ability to change the look of Clive's sword without affecting its stats — an excellent new addition that RPGs all-too-frequently overlook. Easily one of my biggest pet peeves in RPGs, or games with RPG-like elements, is finally landing on a bit of gear that I think suits my character perfectly, only to have to swap it out the moment I find something with undeniably better stats or effects.

It's a problem that exists in FFXVI, although the issue multiplies in titles like God of War Ragnarok. As you make your way through that game and pick up higher-level armor, you ultimately leave Kratos looking like he can't dress himself as he dons three mismatched armor sets. It doesn't help that the gaudiness of the armor goes up with its overall rarity, making Kratos look utterly fashion blind to boot.

GeraltActually, never mind Kratos — Geralt is a way better example of this.

If you're anything like me, the lack of coordination will bug you so much that sometimes you'll hold off swapping out your lower-ranked gear until the game's difficulty forces you to upgrade — anything to hold onto that early sense of costume coordination. This exact thing did happen to me a few times during my Final Fantasy XVI review playthrough — I definitely preferred late-game sword Excalibur over pretty much anything else.

Although to be fair, since it was only the look of Clive's sword that would change, FFXVI didn't irk me nearly as much as other RPGs. The feature's timing couldn't be better though, as the new Onion Sword is fairly weak compared to some late-game swords. Now, instead of ignoring it entirely, players who have already unlocked something better can at least mess around with the sword's look.
This update in general certainly helps to make one of the best action RPGs on PS5 feel even better. Now we just need to convince roughly a thousand other game developers to introduce this kind of cosmetic-swapping feature into their games too. What do you think of the latest FFXVI update? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Astro Bot), one eye on the past (PS1, PS2, and PS3 games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic). A PlayStation fan for over 25 years, he loves replaying classic games via PS Plus.
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