Forspoken was once mysteriously known only as Project Athia, but the last few months have given us a lot more details on what to expect from upcoming Square Enix fantasy adventure.
Forspoken is being developed by Luminous Productions, a studio created from the Final Fantasy 15 dev team, so expect some beautiful action and captivating story. Forspoken writers include Gary Whitta (of Rogue: One A Star Wars story fame) and Amy Hennig, who worked on the Uncahrted series. Its music will be composed by God of War composer Bear McCreary.
Forspoken was revealed in June 2020, but the recent spate of information has offered up details on what Forspoken will be like - and when we can expect it. Forspoken is set to release next spring for PS5 and PC, so there will be more time to learn about main character Frey, played by British actress Ella Balinska. Frey gets transported to the world of Athia, where she obtains magical powers in a quest to help the land's people free themselves from what seems to be tyrannical rule. We know that the big bad will be played by well-known actor and Star Wars Battlefront 2 voice over artist, Janina Gavankar. A recent PlayStation Blog post gives us even more details about Forspoken, which we'll detail below.
Here's everything we know about Forspoken.
What is Forspoken?
Forspoken is a game about a young woman named Frey from New York City who is about to turn 21-years-old. Instead of celebrating at some overpriced club in the Meatpacking district, Frey is transported to the world of Athia, "where fantasies and nightmares are suddenly very real", reads the Sony blog post.
Frey will learn new magical abilities to help her defeat terrifying monsters in Athia, but in order to return home, she'll need to deal with the Tantas, who are all-powerful matriarchs holding Athia in their vice-like grip.
Forspoken PlayStation Showcase trailer
We got an extended look at Forspoken during PlayStation's September 2021 showcase, and there's a lot to take in. We learn more about Frey Holland (and her adorable cat) and how Frey ended up in Athia (through a portal). We see how her power derives form a set of gold cuffs that can speak to her, and that these cuffs offer her some incredible magical moves that help her make easy work of bad guys.
We also know that Frey will end up face-to-face with a big baddie known as Tanta Sila, played by Star Wars Battlefront 2's Janina Gavankar.
Forspoken release date
So far we only have a release window for Forspoken, thanks to the September 2021 PlayStation showcase. Expect Forspoken on PS5 and PC in Spring 2022. Sony has got the exclusive on the console front, so it won’t be coming to either Xbox One or the Nintendo Switch. A video from Sony that highlighted Forspoken among other upcoming PS5 games includes this in the fine print: "In development for PS5. Also available on PC. Not available on other consoles until at least 24 months after release date."
Forspoken gameplay details
What we've seen so far of Forspoken suggests Frey will be a particularly athletic hero. The main character can run fast and leap great distances, crossing canyons by hopping between spires of rock. When she jumps, you can see grass stream from her feet mid-air, which suggests her abilities are somehow augmented by the ground beneath her.
The same theme applies in combat. The trailer shows her coming face to face with three wolf-like enemies, patches of orange light – possibly fire – showing through their wiry frames. The woman summons roots from the ground, which swallow one of the wolves. Again, the suggestion is that you’ll be harnessing the natural world to solve problems.
The trailer above shows much larger enemies too, including a giant, towering eye held up by what looks like a thick tree trunk, and a massive dragon-like creature. This doesn’t guarantee set piece boss battles, but it certainly suggests they’re likely.
Forspoken story details
"As the first video game I’ve worked on, it’s remarkable to see the incredible world and story of Forspoken come together, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy," said Balinska what she's seen of Forspoken so far.
"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."
Frey is transported to the magical and dangerous world of Athia, where she must learn to harness newfound magical powers in order to defeat monsters and the Tantas, who hold dominion over the land. Her magic derives from her "Cuff" a magical bracelet that can speak to her (and is voiced by Jonathan Cake). Frey must defeat the Tantas with the help of Cuff in order to have a chance of returning back to New York City - and her cat.
The team writing the story is being led by Gary Whitta, who has written for, among other games, Prey and The Forspoken writing team comes from across “the worlds of film, tv, games, and fantasy literature”, he said on Twitter.
Forspoken Tokyo Game Show 2021
Forspoken will head up the Square Enix Tokyo Game Show taking place in October 2021. Expect tons more details about gameplay, story, and more when the Forspoken presentation takes place around 6am PT / 9am ET / 2pm BST on October 1.
After Forspoken, Square Enix will show off Strangers of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. We don't know what either presentation will entail, so make sure to tune in.
Whenever new information comes to light, we’ll update this page, so make sure you check back regularly for all the latest news.
- Forspoken release date set for Spring 2022
- Project Athia is now Forspoken, an open-world action game "about a young woman in a beautiful but threatening world"
- Sony just dated a bunch of PS5 games including Project Athia, Kena, and Stray
- Project Athia will be a PS5 console exclusive for at least two years
- Square Enix is said to be "heavily invested" in Project Athia according to an industry insider
- Forspoken heads up the Square Enix Tokyo Game Show 2021 showcase