Square Enix and Team Ninja of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT and Nioh fame have teamed up to let us re-experience what video games were tonally like back in the late-2000s. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, evidently named by someone who doesn't comprehend the concept of a total mouthful, is said to be a new kind of Final Fantasy title. Instead of a whimsical fantasy adventure, you can reminisce your edgy teenage days with some grim dark action.
We're talking copious amounts of crimson jelly secreted from your vanquished foes. I presume that's supposed to be blood, though it looks remarkably like the blood splatter effects from a mid-PS3 and Xbox 360 title. We're also talking a trio of varying "personalities" led by Jack McGeneric, who aside from smouldering with generic rage, is intent to kick down the door to the Chaos Shrine and...I presume he wishes to kill Chaos? I don't know. The trailer is very subtle about our protagonist's motivations. Maybe he just wishes to deliver a parcel to Garland's throne room?
This game is coming to multiple platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S and PC. Its tentative release window is sometime in 2022.
For PS5 owners, there is a trial demo for the game available from 13th June to 24th June. This requires an active broadband connection and PSN account, and save data CANNOT be carried over to the eventual full game.
According to the game's website and trailer description:
You take the role of Jack who, along with allies Ash and Jed, sets off on a quest to defeat Chaos. Burning with resolve, and with memories of their struggle deep in their hearts, are they the foretold Warriors of Light?
Your journey will take you into a dark and challenging fantasy world, filled with iconic monsters from the FINAL FANTASY series. Fortunately, Jack isn’t exactly defenseless - he can use powerful spells and abilities from a range of jobs, including warrior, dragoon and black mage.