LOS ANGELES (October 2, 2021) – As part of a SQUARE ENIX® broadcast at the Tokyo Game Show 2021 Online, the company hosted a STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN™ panel where developers from Square Enix and KOEI TECMO’s Team NINJA discussed the new action RPG, gave viewers a sneak peek at multiplayer gameplay and shared that player feedback from a trial version launched at E3 is guiding some key development decisions as they work toward a March 18, 2022 launch. Additionally, the tea announced that fans can now pre-order the game here: https://www.square-enix-games.com/sopffo
Panelists Daisuke Inoue (Director, Square Enix), Hiroya Usuda (Director, Koei Tecmo Games), Nobumichi Kumabe (Director, Koei Tecmo Games) and Tetsuya Nomura (Creative Producer) thanked players for their support and participation, outlined the below key areas for improvement that were highlighted by survey respondents and confirmed that they will be included in the final version of the game. Players excited to sample a selection of these improvements can play the STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION 2, which is available now on the PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X|S.
- Graphical Improvements – The team expressed their commitment to polishing and improving visuals ahead of release. Initial visual improvements are implemented in the currently available TRIAL VERSION 2.
- Dynamic Lighting – Gameplay footage shown during the broadcast highlighted the use of dynamic lighting, which will provide a more realistic and immersive gameplay experience in areas throughout the game.
- Combat Balancing – Adjustments to the ‘Lightbringer’ ability and tweaks to allies’ break gauge and MP recovery speeds are a few of the improvements implemented into TRIAL VERSION 2 to help create an exciting, high-risk high-reward battle system.
- Difficulty Level Adjustments – Players will be able to select from various difficulty levels which can suit their preferred playstyle: ‘Story’ for a more casual play experience, ‘Action’ for action-oriented gameplay, and ‘Hard” for those seeking a true challenge.
- AI Improvements – In addition to general improvements in AI combat for Jack’s allies, players can customize their teammates jobs, equipment and abilities, and can also utilize the ‘Resonance’ feature to boost the combat prowess of allies temporarily in battle.
- Framerate Improvements and 4K Rendering
The fully subtitled STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TGS stream is available to view here: https://youtu.be/oBQED7f-u80?t=869
A deep dive on improvements discussed during the broadcast is also available on the SQUARE ENIX Blog: https://sqex.link/n39b
STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION 2 is available now for free until October 11, 2021 7:59 a.m. (PDT) / 3:59 p.m. (BST) on the PlayStation®5 console and Xbox Series X|S. Players will be able to experience an expanded version of the previously released TRIAL VERSION 1 and provide feedback via a survey. The survey will be open from now through October 18, 2021 7:59 a.m. (PDT) / 3:59 p.m. (BST) and will be accessible from the menu screen of game.
TRIAL VERSION 2 allows players to explore the Refrin Wetlands alongside a new ally, experience new playstyles in battle with the addition of multiple new jobs, and fight against an array of new enemies. This will also be the first opportunity for players to sample the game’s multiplayer function, allowing up to three people to play together and battle monsters as an online party. A look at the online multiplayer function new to TRIAL VERSION 2 is available to view on the TGS SOPFFO stream.
STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN will be available on PS5™, PS4™ Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store on 18th March 2022. The title is currently available for pre-order—more details can be found here: https://www.square-enix-games.com/sopffo
STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN is not yet rated. More information is available here: https://www.square-enix-games.com/sopffo
Official Website: https://www.square-enix-games.com/sopffo
About STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN™
STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN™ is a new action RPG by Square Enix Ltd. in collaboration with Team NINJA from KOEI TECMO GAMES, that brings a bold, new vision to the FINAL FANTASY® series. Jack and his allies, Ash and Jed, burn with the resolve to defeat Chaos as they throw open the gates to the Chaos Shrine. Yet doubts remain – are they truly the Warriors of Light the prophecy foretold? Step into a world of dark fantasy and revel in the exhilarating action – packed battles.
ABOUT KOEI TECMO GAMES
KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. is a subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI TECMO GAMES consists of six development brands creating innovative and iconic game series extending across a wide range of genres: KOU SHIBUSAWA, ω-Force, Team NINJA, Gust, Ruby Party, and midas. Signature series include ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS, NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION, Winning Post, DYNASTY WARRIORS, SAMURAI WARRIORS, Toukiden, Nioh, NINJA GAIDEN, DEAD OR ALIVE, Atelier Ryza, BLUE REFLECTION, Angelique, and La Corda d'Oro.
For more information: www.koeitecmo.co.jp/e/
ABOUT Team NINJA
Team NINJA is one of KOEI TECMO GAMES' six brands, with development teams specializing in creating hardcore action games. Their most famous series include: NINJA GAIDEN, DEAD OR ALIVE and Nioh, and the team consistently develops new titles that receive praise from all around the world.
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal™. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 163 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 83 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 84 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at https://square-enix-games.com
Once the trial version period has ended on October 11 7:59 a.m. (PDT) / 3:59 p.m. (BST), STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION 2 will not be playable.
STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION 2 is available for PS5™ from the PlayStation®Store and for Xbox Series X|S from the Microsoft Store. An internet connection is required to download and play the free STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION 2. A PSN account is required for PS5 and a Microsoft Account is required for Xbox Series X|S to play the 2nd trial version.
Progress in the STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION 2 cannot be carried over into the retail version of STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN.
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