Square Enix redefines gaming every generation. The developer created legendary franchises like Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Kingdom Hearts. If things go well, that rarified group will see another franchise added to the mix, a brand-new that has been tentatively dubbed Project Athia.
Project Athia looks like it'll be another large role-playing game that pushes the boundaries of what next-gen is capable of. Here's everything we know about Square Enix's mysterious adventure game.
When is the Project Athia release date?
Project Athia will be released in 2022. The release window was unceremoniously revealed via footnote during a PS5 sizzle reel presented by Sony at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2021.
It has yet to be specified when Project Athia in 2022. That information will likely be revealed later in 2021.
Is Project Athia a PS5 exclusive game?
At launch, Project Athia will exclusively be available on the PS5 and PC. According to a footnote from a PS5 sizzle reel, it will remain that way for two years after release, at which point Square Enix can release the game on other consoles.
If that wait time sounds ginormous remember that people are still enjoying Bloodborne today, five years after it first debuted.
Will Project Athia come to PS4?
Don't get your hopes up for a PS4 release. Back in June 2020, studio head Takeshi Aramaki revealed Project Athia is being developed with the PlayStation 5 in mind while staying true to Square Enix's legacy of hard-hitting fantasy titles.
"Project Athia is the culmination of our philosophy here at Luminous Productions to create completely new and fresh gaming experiences that fuse together the latest technologies with art," he stated in a PlayStation blog post. "With PS5, our vision truly comes to life, and with Project Athia players can look forward to being transported to a vast and detailed world filled with beauty and dismay."
Is there a Project Athia trailer?
Yes, Square Enix aired a Project Athia teaser trailer during Sony's PlayStation 5 reveal. The minute-long video showed snippets of story cutscenes and even some glimpses at early versions of gameplay, which could be subject to change as Luminous Productions continues its development.
Take a look at the trailer below:
The trailer had little in the way of concrete details other than the game will seemingly revolve around a young woman with superhuman agility and druid-like powers. She's seen effortlessly jumping from cliffs and battling hordes of fantastical beasts.
We also learn that Project Athia isn't the game's final title either. Square Enix ends the trailer by revealing Project Athia is a working title so expect many more announcements and changes from this title after the PS5 is released.
What kind of game will Project Athia be?
Square Enix president Yosuka Matsuda revealed that Project Athia will be an open-world game in an interview with Weekly Toyo Keizai (h/t ScreenRant). This isn't a complete shocker, as the game's teaser trailer appeared to tease its sprawling, fantasy-inspired environments.
"The game Project Athia (title tentative), which we will release for PS5, is an open-world style game in which users can freely move around the game world," he said.
Project Athia will be a bit of a departure from Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix's most recent release, which had more linear maps and didn't give gamers the same type of freedom to explore that defined more traditional open-world games like Skyrim or Grand Theft Auto V.
What is the Project Athia story?
Little is known about what Project Athia's plot could be about, but its teaser trailer did offer a few hints of what the game could be about. The brief video suggested that the woman we see traveling Project Athia's world isn't from there, but gains immense strength from this magical reality.
"In a world not her own," the trailer says via subtitles, "where resolve will be tested, truths will be questions, and devotions will be doubted, she will rise."
The story could revolve around her trying to find her way back home and gaining powers as she explores the game's fantastical world. But we'll need to wait for more details about the game's realm, supporting cast, and antagonists before we'll know for sure.
What has Luminous Productions developed before?
Luminous Productions' is a young developer that was formed as a subsidiary of Square Enix in March 2018. Its 100+ employees were all involved with the development of Final Fantasy XV, which was released on consoles in 2016 and ported to PC and Google Stadia a couple of years later.
Square Enix formed the development team to create a new, AAA title using its Luminous Engine, which powered Final Fantasy XV. We now know that unnamed IP to be Project Athia.
Are there any Project Athia leaks?
Yes! There are numerous tiny leaks that you can sink your teeth into while awaiting more official news.
From what we've heard, the company is heavily invested in making Project Athia their new big franchise. This means if things go well, we'll likely see further entries into the Project Athia world down the line.
Gaming journalist and friend of Inverse Imran Khan mentioned on the Kinda Funny Gamescast that Project Athia stars somebody from Charlies Angels film. The identity of this actor wasn't given but Ella Ballinska is the prime suspect, given her appearance.
Project Athia will launch in 2022.