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Square Enix Showcased A Slew Of New Titles, None Of Which Were Final Fantasy XVI In The Traditional Sense

Square Enix showed off lots of new games and none of them were Final Fantasy XVI

During Sony’s State of Play conference in March, Square Enix launched two new games, gave out gameplay clips for two more, and entirely neglected the two titles that the majority of fans were most excited about: The Last of Us and The Last of Us 2.

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin will get its third and final demo on March 15th, only days before its official release date. The action role-playing game with an unfathomably lengthy title (which has now been abbreviated to the equally cumbersome SOPFFO) was developed with Nioh creator Team Ninja. From the viewpoint of the villain, Garland, SOPFFO is a darker, bloodier re-imagining of the first Final Fantasy game in the Final Fantasy series. Because of the game’s grimdark, Chaos-obsessed protagonist, and its usage of Frank Sinatra’s 1969 classic “My Way,” SOPFFO has gained popularity among Final Fantasy fans who are anxious to see what further bizarreness the game has in store for them. While presenting the State of the Play conference, Square Enix showed off a few of the new professions Garland may learn, and they also introduced the new demo, which is currently accessible.

In addition, Square Enix demonstrated new gameplay from Forspoken, an isekai role-playing game created by Luminous Productions. When Frey uses her talking power bracelet and some beefed-up shoes, she can do a tremendous parkour-like double leap; as shown in the gameplay clip, she battles against various nasty characters. Forspoken’s May 23rd release date was postponed by five months due to the necessity to “concentrate all of our efforts on improving the game,” according to the developers. It will be released on October 11th.

After releasing Triangle Strategy, Square Enix released The DioField Chronicle, a high fantasy three warring countries tactics RPG that followed closely on the heels of that title. Described as a real-time tactical combat strategy game, The DioField Chronicle is being developed by the same team that worked on Final Fantasy XII and XIII and Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi the sound design. According to the company, the DioField Chronicle, while no exact release date has been confirmed, is expected to be released later this year.

Sony concluded their presentation with a new game from Square Enix, Valkyrie Elysium, previously announced. With Valkyrie Profile, the Valkyrie series made its PlayStation debut 22 years ago, and this is the latest chapter in the series. A fantasy world with the threat of Ragnarok is the setting for this role-playing action game. According to the official release date, Valkyrie Elysium, like The DioField Chronicle, will be released in 2022.

Even though this State of Play is supposed to be focused on Japanese-developed games, the Square Enix segment of the event did not include any information about Final Fantasy VII Remake 2 or Final Fantasy XVI, which are two of the most anticipated titles from the company. Square Enix recently released the side-story DLC Intergrade for Final Fantasy VII: Remake in June of last year, so it may need a little more time to prepare before announcing any details on the remake’s second installment. However, the Final Fantasy XVI creators have said that further information about the game would be released in Spring 2022, which is technically today.
Spring doesn’t technically begin in the northern hemisphere for another 11 days, so we may have to wait until then to see what happens.

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