A new preview has emerged of Forspoken that does not seem to bode well for the game, in spite of fan expectations.
While the Square Enix game initially received a ton of buzz as a PlayStation 5 exclusive, one bad trailer immediately made it a whipping boy for the internet. Protagonist Freya’s voiceover for the said trailer went viral for being obnoxious, or as it would be called in the parlance of the internet, “cringe.”
Square Enix made promises that they would make improvements to Forspoken. In particular, we would be able to make adjustments to the frequency of the dialogue. We also received better trailers, that better demonstrated just how much of a graphics showcase it would be. However, this new footage, which comes from someone playing a preview of the game, might just undo all that PR management.
Before that, I’d like to review what our source, Nintendaan, had to say about playing Forspoken, as his impressions aren’t actually entirely negative. On Twitter he said (edited for clarity):
“Played about 4 hours of Forspoken. It took a little while to get going, but the game is going okay. I have to adjust to its systems a little bit. Fast paced parkour and casting magic spells? There is a lot to take in.
Forspoken has the open world tropes like heavy collecting and extra quests, but you can make it palatable. Two things I find sound are the set pieces and accessibility options, allowing you to the adventure your own. Dislikes? Well, I’m not feeling the story extremely much, but maybe the beats will be better as I progress.”
And now, about the dialogue. Nintendaan confirmed in his replies that the infamous trailer featured dialogue that is actually part of the game. He also had this to say:
“Yeah, it is weird. The gameplay is something you can adjust yourself to, and there are some good moments so far, but Frey refuses to read the room a little in the opening hours. I think that is shifting a bit… but will see.”
This small Forspoken preview features Freya still talking in this strange, but annoying way, expressing her excitement in discovering that she has powers. She is having a conversation with Cuff, AKA, the handcuff she is wearing that can talk, and has quite an attitude itself.
It won’t take long before fans can decide for themselves if they can deal with all this, or if Square Enix pulled through with promises that you can adjust for it. Forspoken will be released on January 24, 2023, for the PlayStation 5 and PC, via Steam and Epic Games Store.