Square Enix and Team Ninja have shown off more of upcoming spin-off Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin over the weekend during a Japanese livestream.
The stream marked the 34th anniversary of the original NES Final Fantasy all the way back in 1987. Stranger of Paradise of course isn’t a remake, but is a retelling of that very first game’s story. As a result, members of the game’s development team highlight some of the links between the two titles.
This includes footage of a cutscene which harkens back to the original northern bridge scene. Decades of technological advances bring the scene bang up to date, but the iconic castle silhouette is still unmistakable. The livestream also included gameplay footage, showing off some of the changes made since the game’s second trial from October.
“The story of FF Origin is told through the eyes of Garland. It’s quite exciting to see this story depicted through the villain’s perspective,” says Final Fantasy veteran Akitoshi Kawazu. “I’m interested to see what kind of emotional impact that the story of this game might have on players this time around.”
You can check out the cutscene in the tweet below, along with the original for comparison’s sake. We’ve also popped the full livestream below that, in case you’re fluent enough in Japanese and would like to watch it. Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is set to land on March 18, 2022. It’ll be available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PC.
Cross the bridge and begin a journey from Cornelia into prophecy.
In our Final Fantasy Birthday Celebration Live Stream we revealed #StrangerOfParadise #FinalFantasy Origin's new take on one of the original Final Fantasy's most remembered scenes. pic.twitter.com/m0TSXouWUe
— STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN (@fforigin) December 18, 2021