Forspoken is a new AAA action-adventure title from Square Enix. Here’s everything we know about this upcoming open-world game.
Revealed as Project Athia before the PlayStation 5 had even launched, Forspoken offers gorgeous-looking visuals and gameplay, but we know little about the final product. Developed by Luminous Productions, a branch of Square Enix, the game involves a woman named Frey being transported from New York to a vast parallel world.
Once she arrives, Frey develops superpowers and is pulled into a conflict between the world’s residents and powerful beings known as ‘Tantas’.
Forspoken looks to be an open-world action game with RPG elements, with a unique, fluid traversal system.
- Latest news
- Forspoken release date and platforms
- First Forspoken trailer and plot
- Forspoken gameplay details
- Graphics options & DualSense features
Game Awards Trailer – December 10
Anyone looking forward to Forspoken was treated to a new trailer at The Game Awards – and a release date. Check out the new footage below:
PlayStation Showcase trailer – September 10
Forspoken’s reveal trailer showcased the first look at gameplay in the world’s unique setting.
The latest trailer confirmed Forspoken is set to release on May 24, 2022 on PlayStation 5 and PC.
Forspoken is reportedly a timed exclusive for PS5 (despite also releasing on PC). However, eagle-eyed Reddit users have spotted product descriptions for the game on Xbox. Square Enix is yet to clarify an exact release date for Forspoken, and when it will appear on each platform.
The first Forspoken trailer showed a mix of gameplay and cinematic storytelling. Frey Holland (Ella Balinska), is seen talking to her cat about how much she hates the city after taking a beatdown from a group of thugs in a flashback. She is then transported to another world from a rooftop via a portal.
When she arrives there, she is informed by a disembodied voice, coming from her new snazzy bracelet, that she is in a different version of Earth. Frey is also told that she now has new magical abilities which can be used in combat, and to traverse the game’s massive world at high speeds.
Frey discovers she has been summoned to this fantasy world as “their last hope” to battle a powerful sorceress called Tanta Sila, who she can be seen fighting at the end of the trailer. The word ‘Tanta’ is implied to mean sorceress or some other malevolent magic user that the world’s residents live in fear of.
The trailer showed some very impressive moments. Frey can be seen using her powers to blitz across a range of terrains, from towns, fields, to mountainous areas. She’s also shown in combat against a range of enemies, from goblin-like creatures, humanoid knights, dragons, and boss fights against Tantas.
Her fighting abilities appear to have something to do with her bracelet, called Cuff. This allows her to spawn weapons out of pure energy and cast a selection of spells to damage enemies at range or at close quarters.
Forspoken will take advantage of ray tracing to create enhanced lighting effects while the game world loads procedurally generated large-scale locations.
At a 2021 Game Awards press event, Creative Producer Raio Mitsuno confirmed that Forspoken will have three graphics modes on PS5 for players to choose from (thanks, Ungeek):
Performance Mode – 1440p resolution at 60FPS
Graphics Mode – 4K resolution at 30FPS
Ray Tracing Mode – Features ray tracing
Explaining the modes, Mitsuno said, “Right now, for the PS5, we’re planning on adding the three main modes that you see in a lot of games nowadays. So, you have the Performance Mode, which will be rendered at 2K at 60 frames per second, and then we have Graphics Mode which is 4K and 30 frames per second. And then, we also have a mode that will use ray tracing. So, we’ll have the set of modes that you’ve seen in the modern PS5 games today.”
Mitsuno didn’t mention how many frames or what the resolution of the Ray Tracing mode would be, but looking at the other two modes, it’s likely to be 30FPS and 2K. Although, this is unconfirmed by Square-Enix so far.
Some players may be disappointed that the game doesn’t offer 4K and 60FPS – like many PS5 games do, but at least players will have the option to choose whichever mode suits their needs best.
The developers also went on to discuss how Forspoken will make use of the PS5’s DualSense controllers saying, “We really have included a lot of unique PlayStation 5 hardware features when we were developing this game.
“For example, using the adaptive triggers, we added tactile feedback when you’re using the different types of magic. We’ve got lots of different magic spells you can use in the game, and the planners and designers sat down and worked out how to differentiate the feedback you get from the controller for each of the magic spells.”
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information appears regarding Forspoken.
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