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Forspoken: Release, gameplay and more – All info on the open-world game

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Forspoken is an action adventure game with magic, role-playing elements and open world, which will be released in 2023. We have all the info on gameplay, story and more.

Forspoken first appeared as Project Athia and impressed in the trailer with PS5 Next-Gen graphics – or with trainers, if you feel like Elena and immediately smell interesting story conflicts through colliding worlds. But we now know a lot more about the action-adventure game with role-playing elements and give you an overview of the release, story, gameplay and more here.


  • Release: When will Forspoken be released?
  • Platforms: What can you play Forspoken on?
  • System Requirements
  • Price: How much does Forspoken cost and what editions are available?
  • DLCs: Will Forspoken get additional content?
  • Genre: Will Forspoken be a role-playing game?
  • Multiplayer: Does Forspoken have co-op?
  • Story: What is Forspoken about?
  • Gameplay: What kind of game will Forspoken be?
    • What kind of open world does Forspoken offer?
    • How does the parkour work in the game?
    • What can I expect from the magic of Forspoken?
    • What is Isekai and what does it have to do with the game?
    • Is there a demo?
  • What special PC features are there?
  • Optics: What engine does Forspoken use?
    • What does Forspoken look like?
  • Familiar faces: How do you know actress and writers?

If you want to know in detail how Forspoken”s game systems work, what the story has to offer and where Forspoken still needs to improve, then you are in good hands with our detailed preview:

Forspoken: All info on the open-world game

Release: When will Forspoken be released?

Forspoken will be released on January 24, 2023 with an age rating of 16 years . The developers already released a PlayStation 5 demo in December 2022. Currently, we assume that the stated release date will be kept and not postponed again.

For which platforms is Forspoken coming?

Forspoken will be released for PC via Steam and Epic and for two years console-exclusively on the PS5. From 2025, you can expect a version for the Xbox Series X/S. The Playstation 4 and Xbox One will be left empty-handed. A first glimpse of the promised Next-Gen graphics are provided by the screenshots:

System requirements

Official information from Square Enix regarding the system requirements for Forspoken is not yet available. The gaming platform Gamingcontrast states the PC system requirements as follows:

Minimum requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD FX-8320
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
  • VIDEO CARD: AMD Radeon R9 380 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB
  • STORAGE: 50 GB


  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz / AMD Ryzen R5 1600
  • RAM: 16 GB RAM
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
  • VIDEO CARD: AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • STORAGE: 50 GB

The recommended hardware parts have been on the market for a few years. So a reasonably modern PC should be able to play Forspoken without any problems.

Price: How much does Forspoken cost and what editions are available?

You can already pre-order the game, but on PC you will have to dig deeper into your pocket than usual, which causes displeasure among some players. Forspoken  costs 80 euros in the standard version For the Digital Deluxe Edition with the following goodies, you will even have to pay 105 euros:

  • Digital Mini Artbook
  • Digital Mini Soundtrack
  • Prequel Story DLC Forspoken: In the Tanta We Trust (Release tba)
  • Prequel Story-DLC Early Access
  • Rare Resource Pack (PS5 only)

If you pre-order, you will also receive pre-order bonuses such as the Elite Cloak as a cape, the Spectra Combo Necklace as a necklace and the Overclock Nails as a nail design. Behind these are perks that modify or strengthen your magic – so these are by no means just cosmetic items.

(Preorder bonuses add colour to Athia.)
(Preorder bonuses add colour to Athia.)

Exclusively at Amazon you can also buy an edition including a steelbook for 80 Euros only for the PS5. A Collector”s Edition has not been announced yet.

Does Forspoken come with DLCs?

So far, an addon has been announced for Forspoken, which you can already pre-order as part of the Digital Deluxe Edition. Forspoken: In the Tanta We Trust is a prequel to the story proper. The story follows the villains of Athia. The Tantas were once wise rulers who led the land until a dark force took possession of them. In the game, we fight them as the heroine Frey. Originally, the DLC was supposed to be released in winter 2022. Due to the postponements of the main game, this has been cancelled. A new date has not yet been announced given.

(Breath of fire to fry the enemy.)
(Breath of fire to fry the enemy.)

Will Forspoken be a role-playing game?

You read both action-adventure and action-role-playing game in combination with Forspoken. The open-world game moves between the two genres. The developers do not yet comment on whether there will be dialogue options or decisions. But they promise a deep RPG system in magic that you can dig into. In order to have the most fun with it, you will have to master it first.

Then you can design your own build for character Frey along with capes, nail designs and necklaces that promise special bonuses and play aggressively with flaming swords and lightning or rather defensively with traps and shields. Many different play styles should be valid. You get equipment mostly as rewards for tasks. So there will be no loot flood à la Diablo or Borderlands.

(Really powerful and mighty fancy. The capes in Forspoken pack a punch.)
(Really powerful and mighty fancy. The capes in Forspoken pack a punch.)

Hat Forspoken Multiplayer?

So far no co-op or PvP multiplayer has been announced for Forspoken.

Story: What is Forspoken about?

The story revolves around the girl Frey, who is sucked into the fantasy world of Athia via a portal from present-day New York The world is on the brink of destruction because an evil force called The Break is killing people and animals or turning them into monsters. The last survivors have fled to a city and are holding out there. Frey, however, is immune to the disaster and therefore becomes the last hope for the country.

She develops magical powers and finds an ally in the enchanted bangle Cuff, who can even talk (and bicker) with her. Not only must she unravel the mystery behind the Break, but she must also face the Tantas. The once benevolent rulers of the land have become renegade mages who now threaten it.

Gameplay: What kind of game will Forspoken be?

Forspoken, with its open-world, parkour interludes and plenty of action-packed spells, has some elements that are worth taking a closer look at.

What kind of open world does Forspoken offer?

According to the developer, the open world will primarily be an appealing backdrop for the story, which takes up the centre of the game. However, special events await you when you reach certain locations – for example, breakstorms. Behind these are dangerous waves of enemies, including a boss, in which Frey has to prove her skills.

In addition, you are supposed to find clues in ruins about the peoples and cultures of Athia that were almost wiped out by the Break – both in the form of documents and as stories in the environment. Otherwise, you can expect a 3D map that displays classic icons and quick travel points. The only lively place will be the city, which serves as the last refuge for the remaining people. So it may be that the open world feels rather empty and like a battle arena. Here you will apparently only encounter monsters.

(Quite quiet here, but the monsters are already lurking,.)
(Quite quiet here, but the monsters are already lurking,.)

How does the parkour work in the game?

Frey”s locomotion with the magical parkour is somewhat reminiscent of Spider-Man. She pulls herself through the vertical landscape at lightning speed on an enchanted grappling hook, climbs and jumps up obstacles or glides briefly through the air. According to the developers, this is possible anywhere in the game world, regardless of the terrain. However, Frey must first level up her locomotion and learn it properly. In addition, not all parkour skills are available in the city.

See the parkour in full bloom here:

What can I expect from the magic of Forspoken?

Frey can learn four different types of magic that provide her with melee and ranged attacks, traps, projectiles, shields, dodge jumps, and more, but also have corresponding cooldowns depending on the force. In the footage so far, many elemental spells have been seen such as fiery blades, icicles sprouting from the ground, spheres of water trapping enemies, or vines whipping out of the ground.

You unlock new spells via mana. Frey also levels up, which increases health, healing and stamina. You can also find capes, nail designs or necklaces in the world that provide you with useful perks.

You can see how versatile Frey can use her magic here:

What is Isekai and what does it have to do with the game?

The Japanese term Isekai (in German: andere Welt) is often read in combination with Forspoken. This usually refers to anime or manga that deals with the experiences of a normal character from our world in a fantasy world or parallel universe. Even though the idea for games is relatively new, it has been very popular there for a long time – but not only in Japan. There are also western isekai stories, for example Alice in Wonderland or The Chronicles of Narnia.

With Forspoken, the term fits well not only because of the scenario – with Luminous Productions, a Japanese developer is behind it, made up of some Final Fantasy veterans.

Is there a demo?

There is one (Demo version for Playstation 5) that can be purchased for 25 cents. PC players are unfortunately left empty-handed.

What special PC features are there?

So far it is only known that Forspoken will use the upscaling tool FidelityFX and ray tracing . Exactly which effects and the required system requirements are still to be announced by the developer.

(David vs Goliath. Only without David and Goliath, but with magic and monsters.)
(David vs Goliath. Only without David and Goliath, but with magic and monsters.)

Which engine uses Forspoken?

Forspoken doesn”t use the Unreal Engine 4 or 5, but uses the developers” own Luminous Engine, which was already used in Final Fantasy 15. You can see what it can do in this video:

What does Forspoken look like?

Square Enix has already released a few trailers for Forspoken, showing cutscenes with the characters, but also more of the gameplay with magic, open world and parkour. Check them out here:

First introduction trailer for the action adventure game

Trailer introduces FidelityFX upscaling technology to Forspoken

Familiar faces: how do you know actress and writers?

Ella Balinska as Frey Holland

Forspoken”s protagonist Frey Holland is embodied by the British actress Ella Balinska. She is known from the 2019 remake of 3 Angels for Charlie and more recently as Jade Wesker from Netflix”s Resident Evil series. You can watch her in action in the trailer for Resident Evil:

Known Writers

  • Amy Henning (co-creator of the entire Uncharted series)
  • Gary Witha (Co-responsible of Telltale”s The Walking Dead: Season 1)

Do you have another question about Forspoken? Drop it in the comments and we”ll answer it as soon as we learn more about the open-world game. Also, let us know if you”re looking forward to it or why you”re still skeptical.

Age: 28 years Origin: Germany Hobbies: Gaming, Biking, Football Profession: Online editor


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