Project Athia

Behold a new Forspoken trailer in 17 otherworldly photos

“I’m a pretty big deal.”

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Sony hosted the Playstation Showcase 2021 on September 9, and one of the wildest trailers was for Square Enix’s Forspoken.

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In this third-person action-adventure from the studio behind Final Fantasy XV, a young woman named Frey is thrust into a dangerous and fantastical realm called Athia.

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Here’s how it happens, as told through 17 bewildering and captivating images.

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The trailer opens on Freya riding the subway in New York City around Christmastime. (Spot the SantaCon sign in the background.)

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Why is Frey getting beaten up by a small group of people in this brief flashback?

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At one point, Frey promises her pet Homer that they’ll get out of the city and “go somewhere that likes cats.” This sounds like a good idea.

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Frey lives somewhere near the Holland Tunnel, presumably in the Soho area of Manhattan.

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She sits atop a hotel sign lamenting her lot in life.

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That’s when something strange happens.

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She’s ripped through some kind of portal into another world.

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See? “HOLLAND TUNNEL.”

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Frey looks out over this strange world called Athia.

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Rather quickly, she starts talking to a magical cuff that has appeared on here arm.

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Frey’s companion “Cuff” is a magical, sentient bracelet of uncertain origin who helps Frey navigate through the sprawling landscapes of Athia.

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Cuff gives Frey all sorts of magical skills, like the Bubble Beam attack from Pokémon.

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Is that ... Flame Wheel?

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Gust? Okay, these are all Pokémon attacks.

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Frey can also do some pretty extreme magical parkour through the air and virtually any environment.

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“Our land suffers,” this stranger says. “You are the only hope that we have.” She wants Frey to kill someone named Sila.

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Frey can’t decide if this lady is sus or not.

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As it turns out, Sila is very creepy and very bad.

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Sila is “the strongest and most formidable Tanta in Athia” who went from mighty protector to “a dictatorial despot who is mad with power.” Tanta’s are matriarchs with great power.

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Is ... Frey ... a Tanta?

???

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Something tells us the first battle between Frey and Sila won’t end well for Frey...

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Forspoken will be released in Spring 2022.