Square Enix and developer Luminous Productions are steadily trickling new marketing material for the upcoming RPG, Forspoken. The latest trailer, however, has sparked quite a bit of conversation online, mainly surrounding its terrible dialogue which the community has openly poked fun at.
The new ad for Forspoken was posted to the game’s social media recently, revealing a quick 30-second clip of some gameplay with protagonist Frey in action. Frey provides a bit of narration over the video which hasn’t gone down well with people. The dialogue has been described as overtly “Marvel”, with some even saying that it sounds like something Joss Whedon would write.
The ad opens with narration from Frey stating, “So let me get this straight, I’m somewhere that’s not what I would call Earth… I’m seeing freaking dragons, and… oh yeah, I’m talking to a cuff. Yeah okay that is something I do now. I do magic, kill jacked-up beasts… I’ll probably fly next.”
Whether it was the bad dialogue or actress Ella Ballinska’s line delivery, the gaming community has actively taken to roasting it. These include plenty of new memes, with a new copy-paste format that has parodied everything from Bloodborne and Metroid to The Sandman and more. A quick glance at the quoted tweets says it all.
This one is the best
— Elvis The Alien (@ElvisTheAlienTV) August 10, 2022
Square Enix’s marketing for Forspoken has been a bit shaky, to say the least. The first proper gameplay was criticised for having a bland open-world and overbearingly annoying dialogue, which doesn’t appear to have been rectified judging by this new ad spot. It was originally announced to launch earlier this year but was eventually delayed to January next year, which didn’t help its case at all.
While fans are anticipating the arrival of Final Fantasy XVI, it seems like this particular Square Enix IP has become somewhat of a punching bag now for ongoing memes and internet jokes. Hopefully it turns out to be a good game, but Forspoken is having a lot of trouble making a compelling argument for itself right now.
Forspoken releases on 24 January 2022 for PS5 and PC. Check out the new, bizarre trailer below.
Source: Forspoken Twitter Account