'Project Athia' Is Next-Gen Open-World RPG, Square Enix Confirms
Square Enix has confirmed that its upcoming PlayStation 5 and PC title Project Athia will be an open-world RPG. The game was described as a "thrilling other-worldly adventure" when it was first revealed back in June, and now Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda has provided a little more information on it.
"The game Project Athia, which we will release for PS5, is an open-world style game in which users can freely move around the game world," Matsuda said in an interview with Weekly Tokyo Keizai Plus (as translated by Gematsu). "PS5 dramatically improves video technology, such as with the implementation of light-reflecting 'ray-tracing' technology."
Really proud to reveal that I led a crack team of A-list writers from the worlds of film, tv, games, and fantasy literature who helped create this immense new universe for @SquareEnix. Can't wait for you to see and learn more. Stay tuned. #ProjectAthia https://t.co/tR1ObQEjGE- Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) June 11, 2020
"Compared to what you see on PC, it is nearly identical," he continued. "By utilizing these special traits, we're able to create incredibly precise imagery. We still plan on developing well-balanced games tailored to a platform's traits, including smartphone and cloud-based games, but we will never stop developing for high-end platforms such as PS5. Because these things are packed with the best technology."
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"In a world not her own, where resolve will be tested, truths will be questioned, and devotions will be doubted, she will rise," read the first Project Athia teaser back in June. Screenwriter Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) later confirmed that he'd been part of a team of "A-list writers" from "film, TV, games, and fantasy literature" to put together "this immense new universe".
Project Athia is currently in development at Square Enix's Luminous Productions studio, but we don't know much more about it at this stage. There's no word on a release date, either, so we'll just have to wait and see what Square has planned for this one.
In other Square Enix news, it was recently confirmed that Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 has entered full development. Game director Tetsuya Nomura explained that he wants to deliver the second instalment "as soon as possible", so we just need to be patient and wait for more news as it comes.
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