Here's what we learned about the open world Forspoken, coming in 2022.
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Forspoken was first conceived as Project Athia, but now we know its real name and roughly when it's coming: sometime next year. We also know a little about its central character and the world she'll be exploring. It's also possible we get a longer look at Forspoken very soon—Square Enix has its own show as part of the E3 2021 schedule, on June 13.
Here's the first trailer for Forspoken, along with everything we've learned from it.What is Forspoken's release date?
2022. That's as specific a release window as we have. And given the delays many big games have suffered throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we wouldn't be shocked if Forspoken ends up slipping to 2023.Here's the Forspoken debut trailerWho's the main character in Forspoken?
The hero of Forspoken is Frey Holland, played by actor Ella Balinska. In the reveal trailer, Balinska says she's "a young woman in a beautiful yet threatening world." Balinska also said that Frey is a character she "immediately connected with," and she's performing both the motion capture and voice work in Forspoken.
In the trailer, we see Frey has a golden, magic-looking bracer on her arm, and intertwining gold cables also play into the game's logo and some of the abilities we see her use in a montage at the end of the video. There's clearly a theme, there.
The first thing we see of Frey in the trailer is her sneakers, and her incredulous reaction a bit later—"Is that a motherfucking dragon?"—might be hinting at an "isekai" story here, a popular genre in Japan where characters are transported to a fantasy world. Y'know, like Space Jam.
I'd bet that Frey is living a normal life before somehow being pulled into this fantasy world and getting some cool magic powers.
This bit of text from the official site pretty much seals it:
IN A WORLD NOT HER OWN
WHERE RESOLVE WILL BE TESTED
TRUTHS WILL BE QUESTIONED
AND DEVOTIONS WILL BE DOUBTED
SHE WILL RISE.What will Forspoken play like?
We only get a few seconds of gameplay at the end of the Forspoken trailer, but a few things are clear:Square Enix is going for high fidelity cutscenes and environments here, much like its Final Fantasy gamesFrey moves fastFrey can run up/climb cliff faces and do some twirly moves to gain bursts of speed. Think magically aided parkourEnemies shown in the trailer: an imposing golem, an imposing zombie bear, and some wild-lookin' sabretooth catsFrey's magical powers include forming a shield of light and making vines explode out of the ground
Square Enix hasn't said much about Forspoken, but did confirm it's going to be open world, back when it was still known as Project Athia. Just from a few seconds of footage, Forspoken reminds me of open world games like Insomniac's Spider-man and Sucker Punch's Infamous, where using your movement abilities to get around the open world is as big a part of the game as combat.Seriously, check out this freaky bear