Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin takes players back to the series’ first game, but with a darker tone and action-based gameplay.
There have been several Final Fantasy spinoffs over the years. Some have been fairly independent ventures, while others have been related to previous titles such as Final Fantasy VII. An upcoming game in the series is taking the second route, but with a surprising twist.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin takes players back to the world of the series’ first game, but with a darker tone and action-based gameplay. Its plot also brings in characters from another world, sounding similar to the popular isekai genre.
What is Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin About?
The plot revolves around the Warriors of Light, including Jack, Jed and Ash. The world that the story takes place in is based on the original Final Fantasy; however, these characters are not originally from this world, though they seem to have some awareness of it. That they are alien to this world is reflected in their designs and clothing, as they look quite at odds with the dark fantasy realm around them.
Jack, for instance, is driven to destroy the entity known as Chaos. This puts him and his team at odds with Garland, a knight who has taken on the persona of Chaos. Likewise, the individual teammates also question their roles as the Warriors of Light and how they will take part in the foretold legends. It’s also worth noting that the first major encounter with Garland takes place in the Chaos Shrine, which is also where it happened in the original game.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Trailer
Stranger of Paradise was leaked a few months before being officially revealed as a Square Enix E3 event. The E3 event featured the game’s first trailer, which showed off the game’s dark tone and gameplay. Said gameplay, like many recent entries in the series, has completely abandoned turn-based and classic combat in favor of a more action-oriented, real-time combat system.
The game quickly drew the attention of fans for its darker and more violent tone, especially compared to the typically lighter tone Final Fantasy sticks with. Stranger of Paradise seemed to take on a downright mature tone with an array of violent swordplay, accompanied by enemy blood and fluids. The game’s trailer quickly became the stuff of memes with its overly serious tone, which didn’t mesh well with the unintentionally humorous voice acting and storytelling.
News to Know
Stranger of Paradise marks a collaboration between Square Enix and Koei’s Team Ninja. Square veteran Tetsuya Nomura came up with the original concept, Kazushige Nojima wrote the script. Likewise, Naoshi Mizuta, Hidenori Iwasaki and Ryo Yamazaki are composing the game’s music. The game’s more brutal action gameplay was inspired by Team Ninja’s previous works, as Square felt that this would mesh well with the new tone. Team Ninja had also worked on the previous Final Fantasy spinoff Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, though this game most resembles their dark fantasy title Nioh.
The game’s announcement also saw the release of a limited demo, which will be used to alter gameplay elements according to fan reception. The demo showcases a sizable chunk of the game and highlights a surprisingly robust and enjoyable spin on Final Fantasy combat. The game notably features customization options to change the appearance and costumes of the party members, with players being able to don a variety of weapons, jobs and armors. Regardless, updates will be some time out, as Square Enix and Team Ninja appear to be keeping the game’s progress close to the vest until it is closer to a release.
Despite the E3 announcement, it looks like Stranger of Paradise won’t be out for a while. The game is still in development, although the demo indicates that progress is moving along nicely.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin will be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. A release date has yet to be confirmed.
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