Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin has a pretty confusing name, but thankfully creative producer Tetsuya Nomura was on hand to break down its meaning, including how Origin is not actually a sequel to the first Final Fantasy.
In an interview with Famitsu that IGN has independently translated, Nomura shared how the name Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin came about. And how despite having “origin” in the title, the game is not a direct continuation, or prequel, to Final Fantasy 1.
That’s because Stranger of Paradise actively incorporates the same setting as the first Final Fantasy and even elements of the story. In this way, Final Fantasy Origin sounds kind of like a remix of the first game.
“[Stranger of Paradise] is not a direct continuation to FF1’s story, but a new story inspired by it,” Nomura says. “The trial version consists of a part in the beginning of the game in which you enter the Chaos Shrine, which is the same as in FF1.”
Nomura says the title is a reference to Jack, the protagonist, and his friends who find themselves in the world of FF1.
“The game was inspired by FF1. The setting is based on FF1 as well. Where did the Warriors of Light come from and who are they? This is something you find out in the ending of FF1,” Nomura explains.
“Jack and his friends are strangers in the same way. Who are Jack and his friends? Are they the Warriors of Light? These function as the main themes of the story, so in the story they are depicted as [the eponymous] strangers.”
Stranger of Paradise director Daisuke Inoue added that while the title can be interpreted literally to mean Jack and his friends as strangers in a new land, Inoue says that it can also be interpreted as “those that do not belong in paradise.”
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This sounds a bit meta, so we’ll have to wait until 2022 when Stranger of Paradise is officially released for answers. A demo is also available now exclusively for PlayStation 5. While there were some issues with the demo on the first day, they have seemingly been resolved.
Final fantasy Origin leaked ahead of Square Enix’s E3 press conference. It is a collaboration between Square Enix and Team Ninja that takes the events of Final Fantasy 1 and combines in with Nioh-style combat.
Check out everything announced at Square Enix’s E3 2021 press conference for more news from the event.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.