Forspoken delayed to October 11, 2022

Square Enix has announced, via Twitter, that Forspoken has been delayed to October 11, 2022. The action RPG was originally set to release on May 24 for PlayStation 5 and PC (Steam, Epic, Microsoft).

Luminous Productions, the Forspoken development team at Square Enix also behind Final Fantasy XV, explained bringing the new IP up to standard would take more time, but the new fall date would provide that extra polish. The full message posted to Twitter reads:

We have made the decision to move the release date of Forspoken to October 11, 2022. Our vision for this exciting new IP is to deliver a game world and hero that garners across the globe will want to experience for years to come, so getting it right is extremely important to us. To that end, during the next few months we will focus all of our efforts on polishing the game and can't wait for you to experience Frey's journey this fall. 

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We look forward to sharing more about Forspoken with you soon. 

The Forspoken delay announcement from Square Enix and developer Luminous Productions.

While Forespoken made a few early appearances under the Project Athia moniker, the title wasn't officially announced with its final name until March 2021. Later that year, Square Enix unveiled that now-delayed released date during December's Game Awards, where heroine Frey demonstrated her magical parkour abilities and the ghoulish Tanta Prav made their debut. 

Like other publishers as of late, Square Enix continues to navigate scheduling challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those delays and the fallout from shifting to new work dynamics will likely continue for some time. Recently, Square Enix had to push its most popular title, Final Fantasy XIV, back by two weeks to accommodate last-minute checks on an already tight schedule. The MMO's infrastructure has also posed its own set of obstacles during the pandemic, presenting a pattern of woes over the last couple of years.