The newest Final Fantasy 14 mount, the Rising Phoenix, hides a clever reference to Final Fantasy 16. The mount is obtained through completing quests during the Rising event, which is being held to commemorate the game’s 10th anniversary.
The reference to Final Fantasy 16 is found in the mount’s description. When you hover over the mount’s picture in the mount menu, some text appears that reads:
“A gift from the Phoenix, a creature of fire and rebirth. It is said that the Phoenix will rise from its own ashes to bring light to the world once more.”
This text is similar to quotes spoken by Clive and Joshua Rosfield, the main characters of Final Fantasy 16. In the game, the Phoenix is a powerful Eikon, or summoned creature, that is said to be reborn from its own ashes. Clive and Joshua both have a connection to the Phoenix, and they both speak about its power to bring light to the world.
The inclusion of this reference in the Rising Phoenix mount is a clever way for the developers of Final Fantasy 14 to pay homage to their upcoming game. It is also a fun Easter egg for fans of both games to discover.
It is important to note that Final Fantasy 14 and Final Fantasy 16 are not connected in the same universe. However, the developers of both games have said that they are fans of each other’s work, and they have enjoyed putting in little references to each other’s games. The Rising Phoenix mount is just one example of this.