Final Fantasy 16 director Naoki Yoshida has given some insights into the game's development, including the studio's focus on prioritizing its English dubbing.
While Square Enix has traditionally focused on Japanese voice acting in the first place, Yoshida revealed that they haven’t even started recording the Japanese dialogue. In a live broadcast on WasyaganaTV, translated by DualShockers, said the English dialogue is being recorded specifically in "British English", with full motion capture.
"We've been prioritizing voice recording in English. And we're doing it specifically in British English. We're using face capture, so later we won't have to manually adjust each of the faces by making cut scenes." it 's a complete capture, as motion capture actors also make the voice acting simultaneously, "Yoshida said." Japanese dubbing will start soon ".
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Yoshida also mentioned that he never attended a voice recording session for the other game he directs, Final Fantasy 14, because he doesn’t want to get too involved. “I’m a stage designer myself,” Yoshida said. "So I know that if I go there, I'll get into the skin of writers. I don't want to do it out of respect for them." This sentiment extends to Final Fantasy 16, which said it will not attend recordings either, although its comments during "stage-focused meetings" are "taken into account during recordings."
Sometimes things can have a bit of Dick van Dyke as the studios traverse the British English route, but Square Enix has been for years one of the most honorable exceptions. The Dragon Quest series, in particular, has had some magnificent locations that reflect a wide range of British accents, while the greatest Final Fantasy character of all time probably remains Balthier (played by the voice of Brit Gideon Emery in its natural accent, albeit in a formalized dialect: a sign of how Square has rationally approached these things in the past). I have faith that Yoshida and Square Enix will maintain this proud tradition, even if they named the protagonist Clive.