You heard me right. After vowing to find, hunt, smell and kill the chaos in its memorable E3 trailer, Final Fantasy Origins: Strangers in Paradise just managed to announce the release date without saying a word.
In the live broadcast of Square Enix’s Tokyo Game Show, the publisher finally showed the Ninja team’s action role-playing game return to the original Final Fantasy more widely. Frankly speaking, this time it doesn’t look like Evanescence’s album cover at all, because the montage introduces us to lush landscapes, bad guys, bosses and new characters.
We were introduced to Neon, a mysterious woman who added the icing on the cake to our Four Warriors of Light party. Together they will hunt down four corrupted crystals that are destroying the earth, and they will encounter bluffing pirates, elemental balls and dragon gods along the way. So far, the same is true for Final Fantasy, although more hack’n’ slash moves tend towards actual gameplay.
Although not so straightforward and lively, this new trailer feels a bit less than the first one (above), well, special. Our leader, Jack, didn’t walk around in Hollister shirts and jeans, nor yelled “chaos” every 18.75 seconds (thanks, Steven). It lacks that strange character, a personality that news writer Molly unabashedly loves.
“Final Fantasy Origin’s E3 trailer uses some weird dormant clips from my teenage years. This game will directly appeal to 15-year-old Mollie, who uses Kerrang posters to decorate her bedroom! (a popular rock and roll British Metal Magazine) and full of teenage anxiety. The origin of Final Fantasy is tacky, moody, and painfully wondering how shy it is, just like my young self.”
Will the final version recapture this nasty personality, or will E3 frighten Square Enix and let us downplay our hated chaotic edge lord? We will launch “Final Fantasy Origins: Strangers in Paradise” on March 18, 2022.