LOS ANGELES (October 1, 2021) – During today’s Tokyo Game Show livestream, SQUARE ENIX® announced that STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN™ will release on March 18, 2022 on PlayStation®5 (PS5™), PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store. The new action RPG, developed by Team NINJA from KOEI TECMO GAMES (NINJA GAIDEN and Nioh series), in collaboration with Tetsuya Nomura (FINAL FANTASY® VII, KINGDOM HEARTS), brings a bold, new vision to the FINAL FANTASY series that will appeal to existing FINAL FANTASY fans and new players alike.
Watch the STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN | Release Date Announcement trailer here: https://youtu.be/heLn5URnZCc
Neon Joins Jack, Ash, and Jed on their Journey
STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN blends challenging and strategic action gameplay with the world and lore of the FINAL FANTASY series to create a unique action RPG experience. Join Jack and his allies as they throw open the gates to the Chaos Shrine and step into a world of dark fantasy and exhilarating battles to discover if they are truly the Warriors of Light the prophecy foretold.
The company also announced the release of STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION 2 on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S—an expansion of the first trial version of the game, which launched in June. Players can explore an additional stage of the game, 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.
The STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION 2 is available now through October 11, 2021 7:59 a.m. (PDT) / 3:59 p.m. (BST). Players who download and play STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION 2 are invited to participate in a survey to provide feedback to the development team on their play experience, further helping to shape the outcome of the game. The survey will be open now through October 18, 2021 7:59 a.m. (PDT) / 3:59 p.m. (BST) and will be accessible from the menu screen of TRIAL VERSION 2.
STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN will be available as a physical and digital Standard Edition on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One, with a digital-only Standard Edition available on PC via the Epic Games Store. A Digital Deluxe Edition will also be available on all platforms. The Digital Deluxe Edition of STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN includes a digital artbook, digital mini soundtrack and a DLC Season Pass, which will include the additional missions; ‘Trials of the Dragon King, ‘Wanderer of the Rift’ and ‘DIFFERENT FUTURE’. Those who purchase the PS5™ or PS4™ physical or digital Standard Edition owners can purchase a Digital Deluxe Edition upgrade at launch, which will provide the above Digital Deluxe Edition bonuses.
Players who purchase STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN for the PlayStation®4 can download a free PS5 console enhancement update* that includes all the next-gen visual and gameplay enhancements at no extra cost when playing on a PS5™ console. Xbox customers who purchase the physical or digital editions of the game will be eligible to leverage Smart Delivery, meaning they can play their editions across any Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles. The system will automatically select the optimal version of the game for the console being used.
Customers who pre-order the Digital Standard and Digital Deluxe Editions of STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN will receive 72-hour early access to the full game**, as well as in-game items—the “Braveheart” weapon and the Lustrous Shield—and an original PS4™ theme for PlayStation store purchasers. These customers will also receive the early purchase incentive: the “Rebellion” weapon.
STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN will be available on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store on 18th March 2022. STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN is not yet rated. More information is available here: https://www.square-enix-games.com/sopffo
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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
* If you already own STRANGER OF PARADISE for the PS4 (physical or digital edition) and own a PS5, you can download the STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN free PS5 enhancement update. If you have purchased STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN (physical edition) for PS4 and own the PS5 digital edition (the model without a disc drive), then you are not eligible to download the upgrade.
** Excluding PC Digital Standard and Deluxe Edition, which will offer 24-hour early access.
The pre-order bonus incentive is valid until 11:59 p.m. on March 17, 2022.
The early purchase incentive is valid until 11:59 p.m. on April 18, 2022.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN TRIAL VERSION 2:
Once the trial version period has ended on October 11, 2021, 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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