During the PS5 games showcase, possibly one of the biggest surprises of the show was Square Enix’s Project Athia, which was a third-person action game that looked very impressive based on the gameplay trailer we got. It seems the game will be more than your standard action game, as it’ll be an open-world affair, too!

This was confirmed by Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda in a chat with Weekly Toyo Kreizai Plus (via Gematsu):

The game Project Athia (title tentative), 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.

Project Athia is being developed by Square Enix’s Luminous Productions for the PS5 and PC for a still unknown release date.

Will Square Enix score success with this new IP as it did with the Final Fantasy franchise? Your guess is as good as mine at this point. Speaking of new IPs, the company also announced a new platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog! Check out Balan Wonderland.

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