Update: Reports are emerging that the Stranger of Paradise demo is corrupted. IGN attempted to download the demo on PS5 and found that it indeed did not work.
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— STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN (@fforigin) June 13, 2021
Square Enix has revealed Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, coming 2022 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, and PC. The game has a limited-time demo on PS5 right now.
Revealed during the Square Enix Presents at E3 2021 and developed by Ninja Gaiden and Nioh studio Team Ninja, there is a PS5 exclusive demo available to play today, which you can download now. The demo will only be available until June 24, 2021 7:59 pm PT, though.
The gameplay trailer showed off some souls-like action with the main characters seeking to “kill chaos”. A very outlandish goal, if ever there was one. The YouTube trailer description reveals that this main character is called Jack, and his allies are Ash and Jed. The trio throw open the gates to the Chaos Shrine with the plan to defeat Chaos. A prophecy suggests that they could be the Warriors of the Light.
In a press release, Final Fantasy veteran Tetsuya Nomura, the game’s Creative Producer, said “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.”
Final Fantasy Origins: Stranger of Paradise Announcement Trailer Screenshots — Square Enix E3 2021
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin leaked last month, with reports suggesting that the game could adopt a ‘soulslike’ approach in the style of Nioh. It marks the fourth new Final Fantasy game in development, alongside Final Fantasy 16, Final Fantasy Remake 7 Part 2, and Final Fantasy 14’s Endwalker expansion.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.