Take this news with a big grain of salt for now, but a rumor has surfaced that Square Enix is teaming up with Team Ninja for an action oriented Final Fantasy spin-off — and that is definitely something fans of both companies and the Final Fantasy universe would like to happen!
According to a report by fanbyte, the game is rumored to be titled as Final Fantasy Origin — and the game is said to be set on the world of the first Final Fantasy game. The report also states that the game will be one of the big showcases Square Enix will have during their E3 presentation, so that will definitely get fans hot with buzz over this possible game reveal.
The game, which appears to be exclusive to PlayStation 5 with a PC release further down the road, will be one of Square Enix’s tentpoles at their upcoming E3 show. For whatever reason, several large chunks of the undated June show have leaked out, including the Final Fantasy Origin’s logo and demo plans. Square Enix hopes to release an alpha demo this summer, not unlike Nioh’s public alphas, to solicit feedback from the audience while the game is still in a fairly early state. This demo, like several other major demos, has its own title of “Stranger in Paradise.”
Expect the title to play similar to Nioh or other games in the genre, but to be more accessible for a wider audience. Fanbyte’s sources indicated that the game is largely developed by the same team behind Dissidia NT, but that Team Ninja’s nearly-200 person studio involves a lot of shifting around and that there aren’t hard borders on the different teams these days. The Nioh DNA in the game is likely the result of people core to the first two games’ development being involved in Final Fantasy Origin.
While still a rumor at this point, be sure to stay tuned for more news about Final Fantasy Origin. In the meantime, check out our other Final Fantasy related news here.