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Square Enix is said to be "heavily invested" in Project Athia according to an industry insider

Project Athia
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Square Enix is said to be "heavily invested in its mysterious new title, Project Athia, according to industry insider Imran Khan.

Speaking in the latest episode of Kinda Funny Games (via resetera), Khan spoke about Square Enix's upcoming title Project Athia, and revealed some details about the studio's investment in the game. 

"I think Sony knows what Square's internal prospects are for this game [Project Athia]", Khan says. "Square is very heavily invested in this. They want this to be the next big thing." 

Khan goes on to explain that Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda is "really focusing on Athia," and that Sony is likely to "go hard on exclusivity and marketing for this game since it's "a big reveal and an important project" for Square Enix. Just recently in a video highlighting its new and upcoming PS5 games, Sony revealed that Athia will be a PS5 exclusive for at least two years, as well as launching on PC.  

Project Athia is the working title for the game, and so far Square Enix hasn't divulged very much about it since its initial trailer reveal during the June PS5 showcase. It was so mysterious, in fact, that many began to speculate if it was in fact actually Final Fantasy 16. Khan even touches on this very subject. 

"The one thing I will say about this game... This game was such a secret project for a long time that they were telling people to mislead them that it was Final Fantasy 16, which led to a lot of confusion where people thought it was going to be revealed as FF16, including me for a while." 

So far, we know it's set to be an open-world action game, but we've only seen very brief glimpses of its world and protagonist. Interestingly, Khan claims that a "known celebrity" will feature in the game, with the only hint given being that "she was in Charlie's Angels". For now, all we can do is speculate about who that might be from the film, but many are already theorizing that it could be Ella Balinska - it's certainly a tantalising little teaser. 

Keep track of everything on the horizon with our round-up of upcoming games 2020 and beyond. 

Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.