Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy Origin Release Date
Stranger of Paradise, Square Enix's reimagining of the original Final Fantasy, debuted during E3 2021, and now we finally have a Final Fantasy Origin release date. Final Fantasy Origin releases March 18, 2022, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the Epic Games Store, Square Enix announced as part of its Tokyo Game Show 2021 presentation.
Final Fantasy Origin is compatible with Smart Delivery on Xbox systems, and those who purchase it on PS4 can download a free upgrade for the game on PS5.
Square Enix is also offering a digital deluxe edition of Final Fantasy Origin that includes a digital mini-soundtrack and DLC missions available in a season pass for $89.99. Finally, anyone who pre-orders the digital deluxe or standard digital versions gets access to the game three days before launch, along with in-game items such as weapons.
If you need a taste of Chaos in your life before that, there's a new Final Fantasy Origin demo available for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. This one includes multiplayer support and is available through October 11.
While the original demo and trailer focused exclusively on the Chaos Shrine, the newest Final Fantasy Origin trailer shows off a lush jungle environment, barren cliffs presumably affected by the imbalance in the crystals, and much more polished graphics compared to the E3 trailer.
There's also a technologically advanced area, and while that seems out of place for the original Final Fantasy, anyone who's played Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Episode Yuffie likely won't think twice about Tetsuya Nomura playing by his own narrative rules once again.
Jack and co. team up with Neon at the behest of the king to investigate the darkness plaguing the crystals, but there's a key difference to the Final Fantasy narrative this time. Jack himself is Garland, the knight of darkness in the original game.