[Square Enix Presents @ E3 2021] TEAM Ninja to Develop Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin for 2022 Release

Final Fantasy is one of those franchises that Square Enix has kept closely to their chest, and for the console, have never really involved lead developers outside their orbit. But things will change next year, with Square Enix announcing that a new action RPG titled Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin will be released in 2022 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is a collaboration between Square Enix and the Team NINJA studio from Koei Tecmo Games – most known for being creators of the Ninja Gaiden and Nioh franchises. According to Square Enix, they hope that this “brings a new vision to the FINAL FANTASY series”.

So… when would you like to get your hands on a trial of the game? A few months from now? Just ahead of launch? How about today? From now until 24 June 2021, the Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Trial Version will be downloadable exclusively through the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 5. This will give players a sample of what to expect from the full game – centering on Jack and his allies—Ash and Jed—as they throw open the gates to the Chaos Shrine. Burning with the resolve to defeat Chaos, and with the memories of their struggle buried deep in their hearts, are they the foretold Warriors of Light?

Players of the Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Trial Version can explore this dark fantasy world as they battle an array of iconic monsters from the Final Fantasy series, using powerful spells and abilities from a sample of jobs including warrior, dragoon and black mage.

While it is FINAL FANTASY, it feels different—but there’s no doubt that the blood of FINAL FANTASY runs through its veins.

We’ve undertaken the challenge of finding this difficult middle ground for this mature and stylish title. We need a little time until we’re able to complete it, and while the battle system is a bloody one, it does link to the story, so I hope you’ll use this opportunity to give it a try.

Tetsuya Nomura – Creative Producer

I’m truly happy to be involved with a new FINAL FANTASY, and a title connected to its origin at that.

Using the feedback that the players provide after playing the trial version, all of us at Team NINJA will work to make this a title that meets the expectations of not only action game fans, but also FINAL FANTASY series fans around the world!

Fumihiko Yasuda – Head of Team NINJA at Koei Tecmo Games

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