Square-Enix has started to expand its franchises with Marvel’s Avengers, Tomb Raider, Nier, and many more. Still, at the heart of the companies history lies the iconic Final Fantasy franchise. It has seen a resurgence as of late with the help of last year’s Final Fantasy VII Remake release and the reveal of Final Fantasy XVI. As E3 is just around the corner, we are seeing various rumors hit the web and one that may hint at one more entry in the classic franchise getting added to the latest console generation.
Fanbyte revealed that a spin-off titled Final Fantasy Origin is in development alongside Team Ninja, who are the masterminds behind Ninja Gaiden, Nioh, and another Final Fantasy spin-off Dissidia NT. It is described as a Souls or Nioh-inspired game that’ll be They also go on to say that it’ll be an exclusive entry for PlayStation 5 and will be released on PC later. They claim even the logo and demo plans have leaked that would confirm its release at E3. The demo is currently titled “Stranger in Paradise,” which is common for gaming titles to avoid it leaking early. There are also plans to release a public alpha this summer.
It is uncertain how far along the game is, but if there is a demo ready they might be eyeing a 2022 release. The 16th entry in the franchise might need some time as they promised an ambitious story. Now, the title also could hint at an action-RPG retelling of the original first two entries that were published under the Final Fantasy Origins banner on the original PlayStation. It would be an interesting idea to bring the original games into the modern age. Yet, it could also just be the franchise’s return to its fantastical roots. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait for too long.