First teased during the PlayStation 5 gameplay reveal in June last year, Square Enix has now given Project Athia its true title: Forspoken. Forspoken will be coming exclusively to PS5 and PC in 2022.
The game is in development at newly established Luminous Productions, and puts players in the role of Frey Holland, an woman who finds herself ripped from our world and to the fantasy world of Athia and having to master magical abilities in order to survive.
Frey will be played by Ella Balinska, who’s best known for her role Jane Kano in the 2019 Charlie’s Angels movie. She said, ““As the first video game I’ve worked on, and growing up a huge fan of video games myself, it’s remarkable to see the incredible world and story of Forspoken come together, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Frey as a character is real, she’s raw, she’s a girl who lost her way—both figuratively and literally—and is a character I immediately connected with, as I feel many people around the world will too when they set off on this adventure.”
Forspoken promised to make “full use” of all that the PS5 has to offer, though it’s not quite clear what that means just yet. At its original announcement, it was suspected that it could be a pure PS5 exclusive, thus tapping into the SSD of the console for the creation of its world. It might still make use of the SSD’s ultra-speedy loading, but it will be interesting to see how the game’s minimum requirements are set on PC. We can certainly expect that game to make use of the DualSense controller’s haptics and triggers, as well as the Tempest AudioTech Engine for spatial audio.
Still, there’s a long way to go before launch, and plenty more to discover about this game, so we’ll just have to wait and see.