Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Gets a March 2022 Release Date, New Demo Today

On top of a new trailer and release date for Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Square Enix is dropping a new demo to play during Tokyo Game Show.

With the Tokyo Game Show 2021 underway, it was time for Square Enix to take the spotlight. While they made it a point to clearly state that Final Fantasy XVI wouldn’t be appearing, that didn’t mean that Final Fantasy wouldn’t have a meaningful presence.

In fact, Square Enix had a trailer up their sleeve for their dark new vision of Final Fantasy, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. This new 3-minute long trailer delivered more story elements and high-octane combat (RIP Cactuar), but the highlight was the release date: March 18, 2022.

When Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin was first announced at E3 2021, I’ll admit to being surprised by the somewhat Soulsborne approach to a Final Fantasy game. Though, I was excited for the fresh new take, even though the dialogue wasn’t the best (CHAOS!!!). Moreover, when I got to play the demo, I was floored by how challenging this new gameplay style was. This was just unlike anything I had experienced before, which wasn’t a bad thing, but it required a lot more grind.

This new TGS trailer had everything I was hoping to get from a new Stranger of Paradise trailer. It brought us back into the light with what looks to be a picturesque Final Fantasy world. It also gave us more story depth about the four Warriors of Light who are tasked with eliminating the darkness that is surrounding the all-important crystals of this world. Plus, we got new and interesting enemies that will no doubt wreck us, including Ifrit and Shiva. Although, this version of those two summons seems a bit more tame, but we’ll see when the game releases.

Nevertheless, I’m very excited about this trailer and the second demo that drops TODAY and promises: “Players can explore an additional stage of the game, the Refrin Wetlands, alongside a new ally, experience new playstyles in battle with the addition of multiple new jobs, and fight against an array of new enemies. This will also be the first opportunity for players to sample the game’s multiplayer function.”

The demo is available NOW and lasts until October 11, 2021 7:59 a.m. (PDT) / 3:59 p.m. (BST). Hopefully, the servers can handle it.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin launches on March 18, 2022 on PS5/PS4, XBX|S/XB1, and PC.

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RPG Gamer by Day, FPS Gamer by Night. Matt has been covering games for nearly a decade. The quickest way to his heart is discussing anything The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Naughty Dog, Bungie, just any game really. Also into movies, TV, travel, and anime.