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Forspoken: Everything we know so far

Here's everything we know about Square Enix's PS5 console exclusive.

Forspoken is one of the most highly-anticipated games of the year, coming to both PC and PS5 as a console exclusive.

It's being published by Square Enix and developed by their own internal Luminous Productions studio. This is the studio that delivered Final Fantasy XV, so we know they're very capable for giving us a deep and beautiful RPG. However, Forspoken is much more action-oriented and fast paced, so it'll be interesting to see how Luminous goes about implementing these changes.

What is the release date for Forspoken?

Forspoken has a new release date of January 24th 2023.

Forspoken has been in development for a few years and was first unveiled way back in June 2020. This was when Covid-19 first started to spread in large numbers, and because of that, it was much later when Square Enix gave an actual release date. Forspoken is now out, releasing on January 24th 2023 on PC and PS5. You can see where you can buy Forspoken here.

Forspoken trailer

Cover image for YouTube videoForspoken - PlayStation Showcase 2021: Story Introduction Trailer | PS5

During the E3-free summer of 2020 due to the pandemic, Sony first unveiled Forspoken during their own gaming showcase event.

This recent story-specific trailer from late 2021 shows us the main character of Frey Holland, played by Ella Balinska. She's a young woman transported from a seemingly modern New York City to the fantasy world of Athia. So we'll be seeing the visual delights of these new environments and creatures with her, learning about Athia as we go along on her journey.

Forspoken gameplay

Cover image for YouTube videoForspoken - 10-Minute Gameplay Trailer | PS5 Games

In August 2022, a 10-minute gameplay trailer was released. In it, we get to see Cipal, which we now know as the only safe place in Athia. It's home to refugees who want to escape the corrupting force that's engulfing the rest of Athia. Outside of the sanctuary of Cipal, dozens of enemies litter the landscape, which means there will be plenty of chances for you to test out all of the spells Freya is seen using in the trailer.

The trailer shown at the Game Awards at the end of 2021 shows the fast gameplay we can expect from Forspoken, along with the RPG elements and the main character of Frey Holland.

From what we can gather, the game is set in an open world, where you can travel, sometimes quickly with the help of your abilities, and take on enemies using supernatural powers. It is a narrative-based game though, so you can expect an engaging, over the top fantasy story to help keep the action going along, and given it's an RPG, the way you can enhance Frey's abilities as you progress.

Where to pre-order Forspoken

With the official release date being pushed back to 2023, we've got a while to wait before we can get our hands on Forspoken. However, it's available for pre-order from both Amazon and Game. Because it's an entirely new IP, and maybe the pressures of the pandemic, there doesn't seem to be a limited addition with any promised DLC, for example. However, Game are promising those who've pre-ordered an exclusive steelbook.



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Emad Ahmed is a freelance writer covering games (among other things) and what they say about our world. His desk usually has one stack of unplayed games and another of unread books.