Forspoken was given the spotlight in the recent PlayStation showcase and now we know plenty more about this action RPG from Square Enix. This has turned into one of my most anticipated games of 2022, and today I am going to round up everything we know about Forspoken.
Forspoken was originally introduced to us during the original PlayStation showcase in 2020. We only got a short snippet of gameplay back then but immediately this was something that caught my eye with the speed of traversal.
Square Enix’s internal teams are generally known for creating Final Fantasy games, but after Final Fantasy 15 Square decided to do something a little different and founded a new internal Square Studio called Luminous Productions, and their mission was to create new IP AAA games. The studio took the engine developed for Final Fantasy 15 and started development on Forspoken. First known as Project Athia, the game is going to be releasing in Spring 2022.
The main character in Forspoken is Frey Holland who’s played by actor Ella Balinska. Blainska described Frey as “a young woman in a beautiful yet threatening world”. The most recent trailed sees Frey transported from the modern-day New York setting to one with castles and dragons after stepping through a portal arrived in the mystical lands of Athia.
Frey is accompanied by a large cast of characters including Cuff, your main companion in Forspoken. Cuff is something you wear, and is described as a “magical, sentient bracelet of an uncertain origin”. There’s also Tanta Sila, she’s one of the main protagonists of the Tantas, the group of twisted matriarchs you are sent to destroy in Forspoken. Johedy is another character you’ll get to know really well described as “a hard-nosed archivist who provides Frey with guidance,” while Auden is a young woman Frey meets in Athia.
The gameplay in Forspoken appears to be action, adventure, and RPG. Frey moves incredibly fast across the environments, amongst high fidelity backgrounds. As well as traversal across the environments Frey can climb and run up cliff surfaces and jump too, in similar gameplay to that of 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. Enemies look tough and imposing which include a massive Golem and a zombie Bear, plus some terrifying Sabertooth Cats.
Frey has magical abilities which include forming a shield of light and making vines explode out of the ground at a moment’s notice. Frey can also fire high-speed projectiles at enemies, so it seems like Frey has a decent arsenal at her disposal.
Environments look gorgeous and varied from what we have seen so far which include fantastical architecture, cliff edges, and grasslands. Traversal appears to be a massive component of the game, and getting around the environments quickly and easily will be really important.
Let me know in the comments if you are looking forward to Forspoken.