While Square Enix is best known for the Final Fantasy series (and is currently working on its latest entry), a new JRPG project was introduced in June 2020 as a new title for PlayStation 5 codenamed Project Athia. This new game has attracted a lot of attention from gamers because of its stunning visuals on the screen and the promise of a whole new world from the respected JRPG developers. After the initial reveal, we don’t have many details about this exciting new project. All we know is that the developer, Luminous Productions, consists of many members of Final Fantasy 15 team.
Now that much time has passed, new details and a look at this game have been revealed. Of course, one of the most important is the actual title of the game: Backbite. Between the trailers, the extended gameplay demo, and the details provided by the developer, we have some interesting information to work with on what is the story of this game, how will it play? How and when can we get our hands on it. If you’re excited about this brand new JRPG experience, here’s everything we know about Backbite.
It took a while for us to get a rough estimate of when we might actually be able to play Forspoken but at the PlayStation showcase in September 2021, it was officially announced that Forspoken was aiming for a spring 2022 release date. Spring is still a tough window, but we’re excited to hear it’s coming so soon. Keep an eye on this article for a certain date in place.
This game has been associated with Sony since it was first revealed, and Square Enix also has a long history with the owners of the platform, so Forspoken being a proprietary control panel is a safe assumption. By reading the fine print at the end of a trailer, we’ve captured all the important details. Correct, Forspoken will be a PS5-specific console, but with some asterisks. First, it will also come to PC, probably at the same time. Second, exclusivity is not permanent. The text says that it will not be made available on other platforms for at least 24 months from the date of release. That’s a very long time to wait for a game if you’re expecting it on the Xbox platform, but at least it’s not a permanent exclusive.
The latest trailer from the PlayStation showcase is where we get the best look at what Forspoken really is, and boy is something. This JRPG begins in modern times, introducing us to the main character, Frey Holland, looking to escape her life in the city. Thanks to some kind of portal, she got her wish, but maybe not exactly what she wanted. Now trapped in a more traditional fantasy world called Athia, she is introduced to a talking cuff that also grants her special powers.
Frey is about to turn 21 when she is cut off from her world and into Athia’s peril. She will need to fight the evil forces of the new world if she wants to return home to her adorable cat.
It turns out that Frey is supposed to be the one who will rid the world of Athia from the monsters that plague it, as well as creatures known as Tantas that claim control over the people who inhabit it. Leading the group of Tantas is someone named Tanta Sila, who will likely be the final boss Frey needs to overcome based on how she’s portrayed in the trailer.
Story about Speak first there are some big names behind it. In addition to the team in Luminous Productions, the writing team includes Gary Whitta, who was a writer on Star Wars: Rogue One, Prey, and numerous comic books, as well as Amy Hennig, who wrote the original Uncharted trilogy for the NaughtyDog and Soul Reaver games.
Aside from Frey and Cuff, there are a few other characters involved in this story that we know of. Jogedy is an archivist who will help guide Frey as she explores this new world, and Auden has been described as “a kind and open-minded young woman who puts the needs of others before the needs of others.” mine. She quickly accepts Frey in Athia and sees more in her than Frey in herself. “
The areas of Athia we’ve seen appear to be typical fantasy castles and kingdom-type civilizations, along with mountainous regions, jungle areas, and desert-like environments. Odds are we’re only getting a glimpse of the types of biomes and areas we’ll be exploring throughout the game.
The latest trailer has a lot of games for us to explore. We already knew Frey would create various magical abilities, but now we’ve seen a bunch of those abilities in action. There seems to be a more standard, quick-fire magic explosion that she can throw at enemies, but there are also some types of shields, water spheres, vines, and explosive traps. What’s really interesting is how Frey moves through the environment.
Frey moves fast. Really, really fast. Not only does she have some crazy parkour skills, but she can also use her magic to make her movements smoother, faster, and more agile. She seems to be able to spin and twist in the air to extend her airtime, climb sheer surfaces with ease, and she can even shoot a magic rope that she can pull itself. Likewise, she doesn’t seem to take any damage when falling from a more dangerous height.
The combat is very active, rather than turn-based or tactical, and it looks like it could happen anywhere. We see Frey fighting on empty lots, interiors and what looks like a town square. Enemy range runs from evil zombie-like figures to winged creatures in the sky and even “frightening dragons”.
As for the smaller details, we have strong feelings, but we cannot be sure. The game looks like it will be an open world based on how vast the environment is and how much emphasis is on Frey being able to move around the land quickly. We also hope to have more side quests, optional areas to explore, possibly collectibles, and things of that nature in addition to the main quest. We also don’t know how getting new spells will work or if there’s a system for improving your existing spells. Will there be other options besides magic? We see Frey also wear different skins, so it can be attached to an armor or equipment system of some kind.
While there’s no confirmation one way or the other, we feel pretty confident that there won’t be any players in this game. Everything we’ve seen shows Frey acting alone, at least outside of cutscenes and things of that nature. Even her “companion” character is her cuffs, which won’t allow multiplayer. Most JRPGs are better as a single player experience, so we’re good with Forspoken offers a polished solo adventure.
At first, we were willing to say confidently that Forspoken there won’t be DLC because we didn’t have multiplayer, until we think again for a moment. This group is, again, largely identical to the group that was created Final Fantasy 15, has a track record for adding post-launch content. FF15 alone has had more DLC than many expected, including multiplayer, so anything is possible. Granted, Final Fantasy 15 there is a… let’s call it trouble … Development and release make DLC feel more necessary.
Because we don’t even know what the actual gameplay will be like forspoken, any idea what the DLC will be in the air.
Spring 2022 is fast approaching, but there is no hard date to order it, no way to pre-order it Forspoken but. When the date arrives, we’ll let you know here, along with information on where and how to pre-order versions of the game.