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Forspoken trailer gets the meme treatment

Big in 2022: Forspoken
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A new Forspoken trailer is getting the meme treatment, with the internet latching onto what many believe are some seriously cringy vibes. Check out the trailer for the upcoming Square Enix action RPG below, and read on for the memeifcation. 

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The trailer, which dropped on Twitter midday on August 8, features the protagonist Frey describing her rather unique situation in which she's been inexplicably transported to another world. We see her fighting bizarre fantasy creatures aided by a magical cuff that she talks to, and it all looks pretty cool - it's the voiceover that the internet is fixating on.

Frey has a very Whedonesque way of speaking, providing commentary that feels like it was ripped from an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or a scene from 2012's Marvel's Avengers. "I'm somewhere that's not what I would call Earth, I'm seeing freakin' dragons, and oh yeah I'm talking to a cuff!" she says in the trailer, and, naturally, the meme train has pulled out of the station and is showing no signs of stopping.

Twitter user bobvids (opens in new tab) took the iconic Tony Hawk Pro Skater song 'Superman' by Goldfinger and gave it the Forspoken treatment. "So okay, here I am, doin' everything I can. Holdin' on to what I freakin' am. Pretendin' I'm like, some Superman" the video says to scenes from Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2. 

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Another person referenced Max Payne's unlucky predicament. 

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While another reply takes God of War and applies some Forspoken dialogue to it, forcing me to imagine what it would be like if Kratos was a millennial. 

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There are countless more replies and quote tweets mocking and meme-ing the Forspoken trailer. While I'm sure this wasn't what Square Enix expected when sharing a trailer for Forspoken, which was recently delayed into next year, at least people are talking about the game, right? Either way, let this be a reminder that the internet, when given crumbs, will make a meal that can sustain us for days. 

Forspoken is due out in January 2023 for PS5 and PC. 

Can’t wait to eventually play this game? Find out more about Forspoken’s "lustrous new fantasy world" from the game’s writer Gary Whitta.

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.