The development team behind Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin have shared a number of new details on the PlayStation Blog regarding the upcoming prequel title, which the game’s producer, Jin Fujiwara, labels an ‘alternate retelling of Final Fantasy 1.”
In particular, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin will chronicle how Garland went down the dark path that we see him embrace in the original Final Fantasy.
I believe a good antagonist should have a clear reason as to why they became a villain in the first place, so I felt digging deeper into that aspect of Garland would be interesting.
In Final Fantasy 1, you see him from the start of the game as a knight who has embraced the darkness, but the story never elaborates on why he went down that path. We thought we could expand upon the lore of the original game through Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin by portraying one possibility as to why Garland ended up as he does.
We see the story of Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin as an “alternate retelling” of Final Fantasy 1. It’s probably easiest to think of it as taking place in a parallel universe that sits alongside that original game.
Strange of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is scheduled for release on March 18, 2022 on PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One. The game is being developed by Team Ninja, who are best known for their work on the Ninja Gaiden franchise.
[Source – PlayStation Blog]