Stranger from Paradise Final Fantasy Origin looks like Square Enix’s biggest departure yet for the long haul Final Fantasy series. Although the name Final Fantasy has been synonymous with RPGs for 35 years, stranger from paradise is an action game focused on difficult and fast combat. With only two months to go before launch, The edge spoke with its developers to talk about stranger from paradise and the unique place it occupies in Final Fantasy family.
More than standing out by being an action game, stranger from paradise looks and feels very different from its numbered siblings with its gory aesthetic. More Final Fantasy games appeal by offering a bright world to explore with beautiful people to befriend. stranger from paradise, on the other hand, lets you know from the start that your goal is to murder the shit out of anything that moves – a marked departure from by Final Fantasy your traditionally optimistic tone. Jin Fujiwara, a producer on stranger from paradise, understood that gamers might not be interested in such a violent game, especially in a world experiencing its third straight year of a devastating pandemic.
“It’s quite a challenge to take that kind of dark tone for the overall story for sure,” Fujiwara said. The edge. “While the initial look definitely highlights the violence and dark tone of the conflict, we want to make sure that [players know] all hope is not lost.
the stranger from paradise the team knew how to get Final Fantasy fans buying a radically different take on the series would be a tough sell. But they’ve worked hard to create a game that draws on the series’ rich 35-year history to make the outsider feel familiar. “The dungeons pay homage to some of the main Final Fantasy titles,” Fujiwara said. “Some of them are very recognizable; some might be more subtle than others.
Co-developed with Team Ninja, known for their work on Gaiden ninja and, more recently, Nioh 2, stranger from paradise is inspired by an action RPG genre known for its punishing difficulty. Fumihiko Yasuda, a producer of Team Ninja on stranger from paradise, cited influences from dark souls and Capcom Onimusha series, but also said the team is primarily interested in by Final Fantasy own expansive history.
“I think our strongest inspiration was just the Final Fantasy series as a whole,” Yasuda said. “We tried to look at aspects of Final Fantasy and let’s see how we can reinterpret that for this action game.
the stranger from paradise the devs are hoping to woo completely unknown new fans (outsiders, if you will) with the Final Fantasy series. When asked if they were intimidated by trying to do something so new in light of the recent success of “traditional” Final Fantasy entries, the team responded that numbered games have their place and spinoffs like Strange from paradise are specifically intended for this type of experimentation, both in gameplay and in story.
“[Stranger of Paradise] is a separate saga,” Fujiwara said. “It allows us to capture new fans and expand the tradition.”
The one lore most fans would associate with the game right now is Jack’s burning desire to defeat Chaos. When the game was announced, the Internet quickly and brutally clinging to the protagonist frequently and excitedly shouting “Chaos!” instantly turning it into a meme. One thing that may have gotten lost in the middle of the hustle and bustle chaosposting is that it is a story of Final Fantasy I from the point of view of the villain – Garland -. Fans were somewhat amused and perplexed by a Final Fantasy protagonist with such a boring a-Final Fantasy-like name – Jack – but his full name is actually Jack Garland.
The revelation of Jack’s full name and stranger from paradise other notable quirks (remember the throbbing asshole monster?) is the kind of information that makes this such an alluring game. stranger from paradise contains a great “could be crazy enough to actually work” energy, and this energy is still crystallized in the the new game trailer.
The trailer features more interactions between Jack and Princess Sarah and introduces a new character, Astos. It’s still unclear what Astos and Sarah are for, but the trailer makes it sound like these characters will be integral to Jack’s journey and his possible descent into madness…er, chaos. What propels this trailer straight from typical to “I am now very careful” is the inclusion of Frank Sinatra’s cover of “My path.”
“My Way” is a popular song at funerals, karaoke nights and with gangsters. This is not the song you would associate with a Final Fantasy of any flavor. The tonal dissonance between such a classic American hit and one of Japan’s most iconic hit RPGs (which already has its own pretty thin iconic music) begins to disconcert, then spans the full range of emotions before landing perfectly. Jack wants to beat Chaos his way, and developers Square Enix and Team Ninja want to create a new Final Fantasy experience their way.
Stranger from Paradise Final Fantasy Origin will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and the Epic Games Store on March 18.
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