In celebration of the anniversary of the original Final Fantasy‘s release, a new trailer from the upcoming Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin was shown off ahead of its release on March 18, 2022. And it’s not just any trailer, as it contains a callback certain fans might recognize.
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The latest cutscene sees the iconic northern bridge scene from the original Final Fantasy recreated for the upcoming game. For those unaware, Stranger of Paradise takes place in a dark fantasy interpretation of the original Final Fantasy game, with the characters from the game being somehow drawn into it from another world.
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
Due to the links between Stranger of Paradise and the original Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi and Akitoshi Kawazu — developers on the original game — spoke on the connection between the two games.
“Garland, who is defeated at the beginning of the story, is reborn 2000 years in the past as Chaos where he continues to rule over darkness, but is once again bested by the Warriors of Light,” said Sakaguchi. “I created this endless cycle in the story because it was the first game in the series, and even though it is a pixel art RPG, I thought that by giving the story such layers, it wouldn’t just be viewed as some kind of “toy,” and we could elevate it to an authentic form of entertainment. That was the reason behind this decision. I think the same can be said for the scene when the player crosses the northern bridge, and the title and opening story text are shown on screen.”
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“The story of FF Origin is told through the eyes of Garland,” said Kawazu. “It’s quite exciting to see this story depicted through the villain’s perspective. I’m interested to see what kind of emotional impact that the story of this game might have on players this time around. As far as what happens to Garland… People who played the original Final Fantasy already know his fate, but I hope people will find appreciation in how this title portrays him. ‘So that’s what happened!? I’m almost in tears!’ These are the kinds of emotions I look forward to seeing from our players.”