Forspoken, formerly known as Project Athia, was the subject of an interview with Luminous Productions’ Studio Head Takashi Aramaki. The interview was carried out for an AMD Showcase in which the company’s development tech was a focus, and to show how it is being used new footage of Forspoken was shown. This footage shows main character Frey Holland engaging in combat with a bear in some woods, and some knight looking individuals in what appear to be ruins. Frey has been ripped from our world and transported to the fantasy world on Athia. You can check out the footage below.
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.
Forspoken is expected to release on PC and PS5 in 2022.