Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin has already graced us with several demos and a look at its March 2022 release, and today Square revealed some more locations and characters from around the world. As we’ve already seen, this action RPG, which is filled with elements from the Nioh titles, also draws quite heavily from the world of Final Fantasy. In particular, the world, music, characters, enemies, and more are all pretty much ingrained in the original NES title. Of course these aspects all look very different today and have been massively changed to fit an action game, but you can absolutely see it.
Today we’re going to take a look at a city and character from the very beginning in Final Fantasy, just before players can receive the boat and start enjoying the ocean voyage. In Final Fantasy you fight as the first stop in the city of Pravoka against the pirate gang of Captain Bikke in order to snatch the seafarer’s shop from him. Here it looks like the character is going to have a bigger presence than just a few lines of dialogue and a horde of minions.
Captain Bikke’s new look is a pretty extreme extrapolation from his original sprites, and that’s really normal for Stranger of Paradise, which seems to be taking Final Fantasy and just going wild with all of its components. It’s an odd mix for a strange game, but it works in everything I’ve played so far. It’s not known exactly where this encounter fits into the Stranger of Paradise storyline, but if it follows the standard route it is likely to be pretty early in the game – just after the demo segment where our characters face off against Garland. However, with a mission-based structure and map where players can replay content to collect resources, win levels, and maximize gear, this could still be a good hour in the experience.
Square posted an article on the official website today with more details, which goes into a little more about some of the characters in the game and some of the combat details we’ve seen in other stages of gameplay so far.
Are you interested in this kind of bizarre fusion of 90s Edge, Nioh and Final Fantasy? It works for me. And you?
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