Square Enix is delaying the release of its next Forspoken title by several months. What are the reasons and when can we play for the title?
In May, fans of action-adventure games could have enjoyed the rather anticipated Forspoken. Originally known as Project Athia, the title has yet to see its release date postponed for several months. It is on Twitter that Square Enix announces the news with a rather short message. The studio now gives us an appointment in October to discover Forspoken.
A message from the Forspoken development team.
— SQUARE ENIX France (@SquareEnixFR)
An epic adventure that introduces a new license
Expected on PS5 and PC, Forspoken follows the adventures of Frey, a young woman with powers she is unaware of, who teleports into the magical world of Athia. She then finds herself chased by the inhabitants of this universe. She will then have to learn to master her abilities in order to survive, but also to understand how she can return home. During her adventure, she will learn more about the fantastic land in which she was transported:
” Frey soon learns that this beautiful land once flourished under the rule of benevolent matriarchs, called Tantas, until a devastating plague relentlessly corrupted all it touched. […] She reluctantly agrees to help the last citizens of Athia who see her as their only hope. Frey’s journey through this strange and treacherous land will take her to the heart of corruption where she must battle monstrous creatures, confront the powerful Tantas, and uncover secrets that will awaken something much greater within her. »
Worth the wait?
If Square Enix is delaying the deadline, it is mainly to allow more time to refine the version of the game imagined by the studio, so that Forspoken stands out as a new franchise with lasting success. Pushing back the title therefore makes it possible to do this without going through a period of intense crunch, which is increasingly decried by the video game industry.
As with all games, the reactions to this announcement have been mixed. While some see this as a good thing — a delayed game is better than a rushed one — others are just disappointed to have to wait so long, especially since the release of Forspoken is absolutely not a guarantee of quality on arrival. To find out, see you next October 11 on PS5 or PC.