By delaying their fantasy-based RPG, Forspoken, Square Enix has pushed its release date back by five months. The game is now expected to premiere on the PlayStation 5 and Windows PC on October 11, 2022.
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The developer Luminous Productions announced in a tweet, “Our vision for this exciting new IP is to deliver a game world and hero that gamers across the globe will want to experience for years to come, so getting it right is important to us.”
— Forspoken (@Forspoken) March 7, 2022
In December 2021, Square Enix released 4 minutes of Forspoken gameplay footage, which was met with bad fan reaction, prompting the company to delete the whole video. Many critics at the time criticized its sluggish performance, strange textures, and overall world aspects that appeared empty. The enemy AI was also slammed for being one-dimensional and uninspired in terms of attack variety.
The team will work on improving the gameplay and achieving “the highest quality visuals ever” in an open-world role-playing game now that the project has been announced. Forspoken was hidden from view for over a year under the moniker ‘Project Athia,’ with a planned release date of May 24, 2022.
Frey Holland is a New York native who finds himself transported to the fantastical kingdom of Athia after witnessing something inexplicable. Her ability to thrust onto high locations in the botched gameplay had exposed certain traversal features such as parkour skills and a fluid dash technique that allowed her to propel herself into higher areas.
The inventory was also shown, with the wearing of a specific colored cloak providing her with benefits such as extra health, defense, or stamina. The combat system centered on ranged magic assaults in which she could summon earth elements that explode upon impact, create incendiary staffs, and fire poisonous darts at incoming crowds. A water bending skill similar to the cartoon series Avatar was also shown at the time.
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