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6 Square Enix games to keep on your radar in 2022

Here’s what the beloved RPG publisher has in store for the next year.

Square Enix had a huge year in 2021, with the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, and more. In 2022, there’s no sign the publisher is slowing down.

Here are 6 Square Enix games to look out for in 2022.

6. Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster

5. Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis, a retelling of the original’s storyline plus all of its spinoffs, is due out for iOS and Android sometime in 2022. The compilation will be released in chapters throughout the year.

4. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Endwalker Patch 6.05 lands January 4, bringing the hardcore Savage version of the eight-player Pandaemonium raid introduced in December, along with a new currency for high-end gear.

Undated future patches will bring more raids (including a 24-player series), a new player housing zone, and the Stardew Valley-esque Island Sanctuary, which gives players their own farm to run.

3. Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Action RPG Final Fantasy Origin follows Jack, a man transported from another world who will eventually become the antagonist of the original Final Fantasy. Its grimdark tone is already divisive, but its combat was well received in a demo.

2. Forspoken

Forspoken, which was first announced as Project Athia, follows a woman transported from modern-day New York City to a deeply troubled fantasy realm.

The flashy action RPG is being developed by Luminous Productions — a Square Enix subsidiary made up of Final Fantasy XV developers — for a May 24 release date.

1. Final Fantasy XVI

Perhaps learning from the much-hyped but long-delayed Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix hasn’t said much about Final Fantasy XVI since its reveal in 2020.

We know it will be darker in tone than previous entries, with more action-oriented combat. FFXIV producer Naoki Yoshida is also producing FFXVI, and The Last Remnant’s Hiroshi Takai is directing.