Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda confirmed for the first time Project Athia, coming to PS5 first and PC later on, will be an open-world game. Yosuke Matsuda, President of Square Enix, was recently interviewed by Toyo Keizai, where he most notably brought up for the first time how Project Athia will be an open-world game.
In the interview, Matsuda first brought up the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the game industry, and how Square Enix took this opportunity to gather and connect its communities with its games, as if they were social networks. Like how Japanese players of Dragon Quest X and Final Fantasy XIV organized Hanami events inside the games instead of IRL.
The game Project Athia, which we will release for PS5, is an open-world style game in which users can freely move around the game world. PS5 dramatically improves video technology, such as with the implementation of light-reflecting ‘ray-tracing’ technology. Compared to what you see on PC, it is nearly identical.
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By utilizing these special traits, we’re able to create incredibly precise imagery. We still plan on developing well-balanced games tailored to a platform’s traits, including smartphone and cloud-based games, but we will never stop developing for high-end platforms such as PS5. Because these things are packed with the best technology.
Personally I’m not too fond of the trend that everything needs to be open-world nowadays. It’s pretty much the Vtubing of gaming. Some Japanese developers especially tend to think you need to do that to compete with western games and be cool and liked by younger gamers. Meanwhile Persona 5 is one of the best JRPGs of the last decade and I couldn’t care less it’s not open-world. Not to say that I don’t enjoy the trend though. Genshin Impact in particular is an upcoming open-world I have my eyes set on. In any case, we’ll see how Luminous Productions tackles this.
Stay tuned for more rumors, leaks and official news about Project Athia as we get closer to the game’s release date. By the way, it has been already confirmed that this will be a ‘timed’ console exclusive, which means it’ll eventually make its way on Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, too.