Just recently Ella Balinska posted about Forspoken content coming soon on her Instagram. We’d heard nothing from Square Enix and Luminous on this. In fact, all had been quiet on the game. Until the PlayStation Showcase, today that is.
Haven’t we seen Luminous before?
We have indeed, Sony and Square Enix as we’ve seen recently have a positive working partnership. For example Final Fantasy 7 remake. And that franchise is where you may recognize Luminous from? They were involved in the development of Final Fantasy XV.
What was shown?
At the showcase, we saw more on the game previously known as Project Athia, now known as Forspoken. We got a trailer that shows off how beautiful the game looks and how it’s taking advantage of the hardware in the PlayStation 5.
What is the game about?
According to the PlayStation Blog, the story of Frey is described as:
“Frey is a directionless, gritty yet street smart young woman who has persevered despite her rough upbringing in New York City. And her life hasn’t really gotten any easier now that she’s about to turn 21. Things take a turn for the unexpected when she’s magically transported to Athia, a land where fantasies and nightmares are suddenly very real.
Playing as Frey, you’ll need to harness newly discovered magical abilities to battle the terrifying monsters that inhabit the land. To have a chance of returning home, she’ll also have to contend with the Tantas — destructive and twisted all-powerful matriarchs who have dominion over Athia.”
Do we know anything about the writers?
If we take another look at the blog, we find some pedigree to the team behind the script. The blog information was posted by Raio Mitsuno. They are the Creative Producer at Luminous. And as for the writers, this is what was said:
“Finally, I’m excited to announce some of the talented writers behind this game. They include Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Amy Hennig (Uncharted series), Allison Rymer, and Todd Stashwick. Together, they’ve worked to craft a beautiful story of Frey’s journey of self-discovery that I have no doubt you will enjoy.”
When can we play Forspoken?
We got a release window with it coming in Spring 2022. So next year, PlayStation 5 starts with big hitters as Horizon Forbidden West is out in February. There is obviously a lot more to show, but the early signs are promising.