Following the new reveal at the PlayStation Showcase, Square Enix sent in a press release with new assets and information about Forspoken.
First of all, we get to see new screenshots, the new key artwork, and new renders for Frey and the villainess Tanta Sila, on top of Frey’s sentient bracelet simply named “Cuff.”
You can check out the gallery below.
We then learn more about what we can expect from the gameplay.
“Through the course of her journey, Frey will learn to cast and harness dozens of different types of magic and cast powerful spells as she traverses through the beautiful yet cruel land of Athia. Frey’s quest in Athia will take her through a variety of diverse environments where she will use magic enhanced parkour. This dynamic and acrobatic movement, enhanced by Frey’s mystical abilities, enables her to magically flow, zip and float across the vast landscapes of Athia in a fast and fluid manner.”
More members of the cast have also been revealed:
“Other key characters in Forspoken are highlighted in the trailer, including Frey’s companion ‘Cuff,’ a magical sentient bracelet, voiced by actor Jonathan Cake (Stargirl), who helps her navigate the sprawling landscapes of Athia. Players are also introduced to Tanta Sila, a maddened and evil ruler who is the strongest and most formidable Tanta, or matriarch, in Athia, as she and Frey face off in an explosive and action-packed battle. Performed and voiced by actress and musician Janina Gavankar (True Blood), Tanta Sila’s debut offers fans a glimpse of the formidable enemies that await in Athia. Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman) and Monica Barbaro (Top Gun: Maverick) also make an appearance as Johedy and Auden, fellow Athians who befriend and assist Frey with her journey.”
We also learn that Gary Whitta created the original concept, while Amy Hennig of Uncharted fame developed the story concept in 2019.
Allison Rymer (Shadowhunters) and Todd Stashwick (Devil Inside) then took on the helm as lead writers. We get a comment from both:
“Writing Forspoken has been a magical experience,” said Rymer. “The main character Frey is strong, complex and very relatable. I am excited for the players to connect with her.” Stashwick added, “Like Frey, it’s been a long, amazing journey for us. I’m thrilled to finally have people adventure through the story we have built. I’m so proud to be part of this team, giving a contemporary, fun, spin on the fantasy genre.”
Last, but not least, Bear McCreary (God of War and TV series The Walking Dead) and Garry Schyman (Bioshock series) composed the score of Forspoken.
The game is coming in spring 2022 for PS5 and PC.
If you’d like to see more, you can check out the original reveal and a look at the technology powering the new game, which is developed by Luminous Productions, a studio formed by Square Enix including many veterans from the Final Fantasy XV team.