During Sony’s CES livestream, Sony revealed that Square Enix’s Project Athia will launch on PlayStation 5 in January 2022. The window was confirmed by way of a very small block of text on a PlayStation disclaimer image, which also confirmed dates for other upcoming PS5 titles. A release date for the game was previously unknown.
Project Athia was first announced as an exclusive title for the PS5 during Sony’s PS5 reveal event stream. The trailer played during the announcement revealed a protagonist leaping and exploring a fantasy world with menacing-looking enemies. Project Athia’s taglines suggest that the protagonist will endure something like a fish out of water trial: “In a world not her own, where resolve will be tested, truths will be questioned, and devotions will be doubted, she will rise.” Not much else is known about the game at this time.
Project Athia is being produced by Square Enix’s Luminous Productions, a subsidiary formed to develop AAA titles. Luminous Productions’ past titles include only Final Fantasy XV, and Project Athia is the studio’s first departure from a Final Fantasy installment.
Screenwriter Gary Whitta shared on Twitter that he led Project Athia’s writing team. The team consisted of “A-list writers” who’ve worked on “film, TV, games, and fantasy literature.” Whitta was one of the writers for Rogue One and was the screenwriter for The Book of Eli.
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