Today’s Square Enix E3 segment showcased a brand new Final Fantasy title called Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin. This is an action RPG in development with Team Ninja from Koei Tecmo Games, the creators of Ninja Gaiden and Nioh.
The protagonist, Jack, alongside his 2 allies Ash and Jed, enter the gates of the Chaos Shrine, intending to defeat the appropriately named Chaos. However, these 3 main characters have memories sealed within their hearts, and the obvious question that confounds them is if they are indeed the fabled Warriors of Light. Garland, the primary antagonist of the first Final Fantasy is also present.
Creative Producer Tetsuya Nomura acknowledged that the title looks and feels very different from what players would typically expect from Final Fantasy but states that it does contain the DNA the series is known for. A challenging middle ground of maturity and style was pursued, and the battle system, while noticeably bloody, links with the story somehow. He also said that the initial planning and concept stages for this title began shortly after Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy released back in 2012. The premise that brought this game to light was prevailing against environments rather than characters.
Director Daisuke Inoue considers Final Fantasy Origin to be a side title, though the specificities of why and how are up in the air at the moment.
The Head of Team Ninja, Fumihiko Yasuda, has stated that the team will be taking feedback from the upcoming Trial version of the game and will be using the feedback to hopefully please both general action game fans and Final Fantasy veterans.
Speaking of, the Trial Version will be available exclusively on PlayStation 5 from today until June 24, 2021, at 7:59 P.M. PDT. Those who play the Trial Version will also be invited to complete a survey that will impact the game’s development. The survey will be available from today until June 30 at 7:59 A.M. PDT. Additionally, the survey will be accessible from the Trial Version’s title screen.
Multiple jobs, weapon types, and even adjustments to difficulty will be available in both the full game and the Trial Version, with the latter containing specific alterations.
Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC in 2022.
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