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Is Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin a Remake?

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Square Enix's latest title has been generating some buzz, but some players want to know if Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is a remake.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is the latest game to come from Square Enix. Developed by Team Ninja, this latest venture aims to bring a more mature and challenging experience to the iconic JRPG franchise.

Players take on the role of Jack Garland, a man hell-bent on destroying Chaos, as the many memes will tell you. Joined by a few companions, the group journeys on to discover their roles as Warriors of Light.

Those who pre-ordered the game have been granted a 72-hour early access period. For the rest, the game officially launches on March 18. So, if you're thinking about picking it up, you might be wondering what's in store.

Is Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin a Remake?

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is not technically a remake. Rather, it's an alternate retelling of the original Final Fantasy. Originally released for the NES back in 1987, the first Final Fantasy was a lot more simplistic compared to the later entries into the franchise. The player chooses four characters to set up a party, being locked into that choice for the remainder of the game.

Stranger of Paradise borrows certain aspects from the original, such as certain characters and classes but for the most part is an entirely new beast - taking inspiration from a number of Final Fantasy entries. Certain environments have been deliberately referenced or emulated from other installments, while the game's job system has been inspired from Final Fantasy V.

The new storyline uses the original for inspiration rather than a guide, instead opting for a more dark fantasy interpretation of the first Final Fantasy's setting.

So, those looking to pick up Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin shouldn't expect to experience a full remake. Instead, approach it as its own alternative story.

The game is available now as part of the three day early access period, and launches officially on March 18 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC.