Forspoken has been delayed from its original release date of October 11, 2022, to January 24, 2023. Square Enix and developer Luminous Productions shared the news on the action RPG’s official Twitter account today, tweeting a message that explained how the “strategic decision” was made following “ongoing discussions with key partners.” Further delays for the PS5 and PC title seem unlikely, as Square Enix has clarified that the game is largely complete and development is in a “final polishing phase.” Forspoken was originally announced by Square Enix and Luminous Productions in June 2020, then known as “PROJECT ATHIA,” an “other-worldly adventure” that would later be confirmed to feature Charlie’s Angels and Resident Evil star Ella Balinska. It will be one of the first PC games to take advantage of Microsoft’s DirectStorage technology for extremely fast loading speeds on M.2 NVMe SSDs. Square Enix has priced both the PS5 and PC versions of Forspoken at $69.99.
Mysteriously transported from New York City, Frey Holland finds herself trapped in the breathtaking land of Athia. A magical, sentient bracelet is inexplicably wrapped around her arm, and Frey discovers the ability to cast powerful spells and use magic to traverse the sprawling landscapes of Athia. Frey nicknames her new golden companion “Cuff” and sets off to find a way home.
Frey soon learns this beautiful land once flourished under the reign of benevolent matriarchs, called Tantas, until a devastating blight relentlessly corrupted everything it touched. The Break transformed animals into beasts, men into monsters, and rich landscapes into four dangerous realms. At the center of their shattered domains, the Tantas now rule as maddened and evil sorceresses.
Unaffected by the Break and desperate for answers, Frey reluctantly agrees to help the last remaining citizens of Athia who see her as their only hope. Frey’s journey through this strange and treacherous land will take her deep into the heart of corruption where she must battle monstrous creatures, confront the powerful Tantas, and uncover secrets that awaken something much more from within.