Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin has a pretty ambiguous name, but thanks to creative producer Tetsuya Nomura, we know more. It has now been announced that Origin is not a sequel to the first Final Fantasy.
In an interview with Famitsu translated by IGN, Nomura shared more about creating Stranger’s Paradise: The Origin of Final Fantasy. Despite the word “Origin” in the title, the game is not a direct sequel or introduction to Final Fantasy 1.
This is because Stranger of Paradise actively uses the setting and parts of the story. In fact, Final Fantasy Origin is a kind of remix of the first game.
“[Stranger of Paradise] It’s not a direct sequel to Final Fantasy 1, but a new story based on it, Nomura said. “The experience consists of the beginning of the game which gives you access to the Chaos Shrine, just like in FF1.”
Nomura says the title refers to Jack, the original hero, and his friends. They end up in the world of FF1.
Nomura explains, “The game is inspired by FF1. The settings are also based on FF1. Where did the Warriors of Light come from and who are they? This is something you discover at the end of FF1.”
“Jack and his friends are aliens in the same way. Who are Jack and his friends? Are they the Warrior of Light? These are major story questions, so in the story they are represented as aliens.”
Daisuke Inoue, director of Stranger of Paradise, adds that the title can also be interpreted literally. Then he points to Jack and his friends who are strangers in a new land. Inoue also says that it can be interpreted as “people who do not belong to heaven”.
This all looks a bit dead, but we still have until 2022. Then Stranger of Paradise will be officially released. A demo for PlayStation 5 is now available.