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Forspoken, i.e. Project Athia, gets an announcement trailer and more screenshots

Published: 14:48, 19 March 2021
Updated: 14:51, 19 March 2021
Square Enix
Forspoken protagonist casting a spell
Forspoken, spelltime!

Although various leaks confirmed it well before Square Enix decided to, Project Athia is now officially called Forspoken and it's got an announcement trailer too.

With everyone digging around to see what Yosuke Matsuda and Co are up to, it was about time Square Enix dropped the act. Which is exactly what they did during their Square Enix Presents live stream and what we now know is Forspoken.

As you'll soon see from the trailer, Forspoken's lead character Frey Holland is played by Ella Balinska, whom you may know from her role in Charlie's Angels.

Judging by the trailer, it doesn't look like an ordinary story, in spite of Balinska's somewhat cliche-ic summary of the game. We're not saying it's a bad description, mind you, it's just that the summary could easily describe a number of popular titles that feature a female protagonist.

Square Enix describe Forspoken as a narrative-driven adventure about Frey, who is "thrust into the dangerous land of Athia". There, she must learn to harness her magical abilities to keep her hide intact, which is, of course, just the start of her story. As the dev wrote, Frey will "face many fearsome foes and overcome treacherous trials on a journey unlike any other."

Forspoken has been designed specifically for PlayStation 5, so PS4 owners will have to either upgrade or switch to PC to enjoy the title in its full glory. 

Frey as a character is real, she’s raw, she’s a girl who lost her way - both figuratively and literally - and is a character I immediately connected with, as I feel many people around the world will too when they set off on this adventure”, Balinska said about the character.

Forspoken is slated for release in 2022 for PlayStation 5 and PC.

Forspoken, formerly known as Project Athia, by Square Enix

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A man with an axe running through a forest in SCUM
Forspoken, run Forrest!

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