Square Enix says it’s aware of the fatigue these types of games cause
Open world games are tiring, no wonder. Not only are they tired of playing the game for hours and hours, but it has become a more relevant and less innovative genre. Square Enix and Luminous Productions, are aware of this and say they’re taking care of Forspoken, their upcoming open-world RPG title.
“Obviously, from our side, we’re keeping an eye on what people are saying about open world and what the general mood is in the industry right now. So we’re aware of people’s sentiments about the genre,” Takefumi said. Terada, co-director of Forspoken, to VG247.
Terada says the character’s movement, through magically fast parkour, helps create a sense of congestion in the open world, moving from one point on the map to another.
“Because it’s a world built around the idea of magical parkour and being able to use it to its full potential, we think that will go some way to preventing the feeling of fatigue,” he said. Director.
“And we hope that players will be able to overcome the feeling of open-world fatigue that they have and really enjoy what Forspoken has to offer because it’s a little bit different,” Terada adds.
World of Forspoken was built with a focus on movement
The Forspoken co-director goes on to say that the game’s world is built around fast movement, getting to faraway places in a short amount of time, which is very important in a big-map game.
“I think really the fundamental point that we have in Forspoken is this idea of magical parkour. The whole world, the open world and the map, was created using parkour with the feel of the game. The feeling of speed and the distance you can go quickly,” he explains. .
Everything available on the Athia map, the game world, was placed in order to serve the hero’s fast movement, and this determined “where to place different content, different points of interest”. The director says the biggest difference between Forspoken and Final Fantasy XV, a title also made by Luminous Productions, is that fast-paced movement through magical parkour.
Forspoken will be released on PC and PS5 on January 24, 2023, after several delays.
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