During Square Enix’s livestream celebrating the original Final Fantasy‘s 34th anniversary, the company revealed more footage of Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin, showcasing improvements based on player feedback from the second trial. Furthermore, original series developers Hironobu Sakuguchi and Akitoshi Kawazu showed up to express their thoughts connecting Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin with the original title.
First up, let’s look at new cutscenes and gameplay:
For more, be sure to check out new screenshots below, with more in our updated game hub!
Lastly, let’s hear from Final Fantasy veterans on their thoughts on how this game connects to the original title:
“Garland, who is defeated at the beginning of the story, is reborn 2000 years in the past as Chaos where he continues to rule over darkness, but is once again bested by the Warriors of Light… I created this endless cycle in the story because it was the first game in the series, and even though it is a pixel art RPG, I thought that by giving the story such layers, it wouldn’t just be viewed as some kind of “toy,” and we could elevate it to an authentic form of entertainment. That was the reason behind this decision. I think the same can be said for the scene when the player crosses the northern bridge, and the title and opening story text are shown on screen.”
Hironobu Sakaguchi (Mistwalker Corporation CEO)
“The story of FF Origin is told through the eyes of Garland. It’s quite exciting to see this story depicted through the villain’s perspective. I’m interested to see what kind of emotional impact
that the story of this game might have on players this time around.
“As far as what happens to Garland… People who played the original FINAL FANTASY
already know his fate, but I hope people will find appreciation in how this title portrays him.
“So that’s what happened!?” “I’m almost in tears!”
“These are the kinds of emotions I look forward to seeing from our players.”
Akitoshi Kawazu (Square Enix)
Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin releases on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the Epic Games Store on March 18th, 2022. Pre-order options are available on the game’s official website. Stay tuned to RPGFan as we get closer to killing Chaos!