What’s coming from Square Enix in 2022?Forspoken! Outriders! STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN! Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to in 2022!
2022 is here! A new year full of new experiences, new possibilities and - yes - new games.
It’s going to be a particularly exciting year if you’re Square Enix fan. In 2022, you’ll set off to battle the darkness in STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN, discover a whole new world in the stunning Forspoken and reunite with some old friends in the Life is Strange Remastered Collection. And that’s just scraping the surface of what we’re releasing this year!
So let’s take a look ahead at just some of the console and PC releases you can look forward to in 2022!
Life is Strange Remastered Collection
- Release: Feb 1, 2022
Get ready to reunite with Max Caulfield, Chloe Price and Rachel Amber!
The Life is Strange Remastered Collection includes the original Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Both games have been seen significant improvements, with remastered character and environment assets, improved lighting and full motion-captured facial animation in Life is Strange.
Fans will get a real thrill out of seeing these beloved games looking better than ever. And if you’ve never played one or both of these seminal narrative adventures before… well, here’s the definitive way to do it.
- Release: March 3, 2022
This exciting new co-operative game has been developed in partnership with PlatinumGames - the action masters behind games like NieR:Automata.
You and your friends take the role of powerful warriors known as a Sentinel and enter the titanic Tower of Babel in search of the great legacy that sleeps inside.
As you ascend this deadly tower, you’ll face hordes of dangerous enemies - fortunately, the ability to equip as many as four weapons at a time means you’re more than equipped to survive. There’s an enormous number of builds to experiment with, and it’s intensely satisfying taking on the challenge of the tower.
And, of course, it’s all presented with a beautiful brushwork art style, which makes every frame look like a painting.
Long story short, there really aren’t many games that look and feel like BABYLON’S FALL - it’s definitely one to watch out for when it releases on March 3, 2022.
- Release: March 10, 2022
What kind of vehicle does Chocobo drive? A Gysahl-guzzler!
Ok, so that joke isn’t great, but this new racing game is. Speeding onto Switch on 10 March 2022, it brings together lovable characters from across the Chocobo and FINAL FANTASY series and pits them against each other in a race for the ultimate prize - anything their heart desires!
With lots of modes, including Story Mode and online races for up to 64-players and more, it’s sure to be… a Kweh-zy time.
That one was better.
STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN
- Release: March 18, 2022
Team NINJA from KOEI TECMO GAMES present a savage new take on the FINAL FANTASY series.
You take control of Jack Garland on a quest to defeat the darkness that threatens the land of Cornelia. You’ll explore sprawling locations full of monsters, traps, and secrets - and switch between a dizzying number of jobs in order to overcome them, from Swordsman to Mage.
Of course, it’s not just a compellingly challenging action RPG - it’s a love letter to the FINAL FANTASY series as a whole. You’ll visit locations featured in the original FINAL FANTASY I, including the Chaos Shrine and Pravoka as well as some others that might cause a few twinges of nostalgia for fans of the series. Plus the attentive among you may have already clocked Jack’s last name…
It’s shaping up to be an amazing game that offers all the brutal challenge and customization that fans of action RPGs adore.
That said, if you’ve previously been put off the genre due to their difficulty, STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN also includes a ‘STORY’ difficulty setting, which balances the strength of enemies and allies in such a way that anyone can get through the adventure. In short, it lets you become the punisher rather than the punished.
However you choose to play it, we can’t wait for you to experience Jack’s journey into darkness on March 18, 2022!
- Release: May 24, 2022
This striking new action RPG from Luminous Productions has turned a lot of heads - and for good reason.
You play as Frey Holland - a seemingly normal New Yorker who is thrust into the dangerous and unfamiliar world of Athia. This world may be beautiful but it’s also cruel - its ruled by a group of destructive and ruthless matriarchs known as ‘Tantas’. As if that wasn’t problematic enough, a relentless miasma called ‘the Break’ has ravaged the land, corrupting all it touches.
Long story short, Frey’s got a big job ahead of her to save this world. Fortunately, she’s equipped with powerful magic that lets her take on dangerous enemies and flow through the world with incredibly smooth and satisfying parkour.
Forspoken releases for PS5 and PC on May 24, 2022. We’ll have much more to share about this next-gen exclusive game in the future, but for now, make sure you follow the team on social media so you get all the big news first:
FINAL FANTASY VI pixel remaster
- Release: February 2022 (TBD)
One of the all-time great RPGs returns in 2022!
FINAL FANTASY VI has been updated with beautiful new 2D visuals, quality of life improvements and more.
If you’ve played the rest of the pixel remaster series (FINAL FANTASY I - V are already available), you’ll have a good idea of what to expect - a loving remaster, amazing art and a rearranged soundtrack that absolutely slaps.
It’s coming in February 2022 and will be available to buy separately, or as part of the full pixel remaster bundle.
Outriders Worldslayer Expansion
- Release: 2022 (TBD)
Outriders won a lot of fans last year thanks to its crunchy combat, super-flexible skills system, and compelling loot. Late last year, the game got even better with the massive New Horizon update, which improved the endgame, loot drops and customization system.
But we know that fans want new content, and that’s exactly what’s coming in 2022. The Worldslayer expansion will take you to the furthest reaches of Enoch, where new stories, new challenges and new threats await.
We’ll have more to share on the upcoming expansion this year, so make sure you follow the team on social media to hear the big news first:
- Outriders on Twitter
- Outriders on Facebook
- Outriders on Discord
- Outriders on Instagram
- Outriders on Youtube
- Official Outriders website
STAR OCEAN THE DIVINE FORCE
- Release: 2022 (TBD)
STAR OCEAN THE DIVINE FORCE is a brand-new RPG that fuses science fiction and fantasy. With two protagonists, several allies, beautiful character designs by renowned artist Akiman, and an unprecedented level of freedom for the series, it’s shaping up to be something very special.
You play as either Raymond or Laeticia. Raymond hails from an advanced civilization, and the captain of the space trading ship Ydas, whereas Laeticia is a princess-knight from a kingdom on an underdeveloped planet.
Regardless of which you choose, you’ll have a genuinely impressive amount of flexibility over how you traverse the world - not only can characters run freely on the ground, they can also fly! Explore the mountains, valleys and towns of the world freely!
The combat system’s equally nimble, with fast-speed attacks, and enemies that force you to dodge and think about your position.
Unfortunately, we can’t give you a release date yet, but the game will release for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Steam in 2022.
As you can see, it’s going to be a bumper year for games. We hope you’re as excited to play these as we are!
Of course, we may well have some surprises to share over the course of the next 12 months, so make sure you visit the blog regularly and follow Square Enix on social media to see all the announcements.