Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin Producer & Director Provide Comments Regarding Narrative, Pacing & Challenge

To commemorate the launch of Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin, the game’s director, Daisuke Inoue, and producer Jin Fujiwara, provided comments on the Square Enix blog regarding the title’s gameplay and story.

Alongside reiterations about how this game offers a distinct reinterpretation of Garland, Inoue provides additional notes on digesting more of the lore:

We’ve made it so the game can be enjoyed by pursuing the central story, but there are also some reports scattered throughout the game that delve into the world and lore, which means you’ll be able to feel how it links to the FINAL FANTASY series.

The expected playtime also receives an interesting comment  from Inoue regarding Team NINJA’s involvement:

Although we’re calling FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN an action RPG, the overall structure of the game was constructed with a lot of care given to its pacing as an action game – in part because Team NINJA worked on the development, and they excel at creating these types of experiences.

We’ve intentionally made the structure of the cutscenes and similar elements less verbose than in other FINAL FANTASY games, meaning that you can play through the main story at a good pace.

When mentioning the challenge level, Fujiwara insists that all manner of players will be able to progress:

Many people may view STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN as a punishing action game, but it is also possible to play at different difficulty levels.

The most casual difficulty is STORY, which allows players who may not be particularly confident with action gameplay to experience the story, whilst still enjoying the action gameplay, which is the game’s greatest appeal.

And for players who want to take on that punishing action, selecting the ACTION or HARD difficulties should more than satisfy.

You can view the entirety of Fujiwara’s and Inoue’s comments about Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin via Square Enix Blog.

If you missed it, check out our review.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is now available worldwide on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store.


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