The Final Fantasy Origin PS5 Demo Is Literally Unplayable

During their E3 2021 showcase, Square Enix revealed Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin and announced a PS5 demo, but you can't play it right now

Published: June 14, 2021 10:03 AM /


The PS5 error screen encountered when attempting to play the Final Fantasy Origin PS5 demo

The E3 2021 PS5 demo for Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Square Enix's new Soulslike action RPG, is currently unplayable. When downloading the Final Fantasy Origins PS5 demo from the store and attempting to launch it, an error message pops up stating that the "data is corrupted".

Why doesn't the Final Fantasy Origin PS5 demo work?

Whatever's going on here, it's happening on Square Enix's side, since everyone who tries to play the demo is seeing the same error message. In its entirety, the message reads thus: "Can't continue using this game or app. The data is corrupted. Delete it from your PS5, and then download it again from your library." Of course, doing so doesn't resolve the issue, with the same message appearing even after a clean install of the demo.

A combat scene in Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
Square Enix's new action RPG Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin should have a PS5 demo right now, but you can't play it.

For its part, Square Enix says it's working to fix this problem. In a tweet posted yesterday, the studio said it was "aware of issues being experienced" while attempting to play the demo, and that the devs will "tweet an update as soon as we can". The tweet is disappointingly vague; it doesn't give a timeline for when the demo will be available again, nor does it hint at what the issue might be. It looks like if you want to play the Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin PS5 demo, you'll have to wait just a little longer.

What is Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin?

Announced during yesterday's Square Enix E3 presentationFinal Fantasy Origin is a Soulslike action game developed by Nioh studio Team Ninja. It seemingly riffs on narrative elements from the original Final Fantasy; the three leads introduce themselves as the Warriors of Light, they're on a mission to kill a force known as Chaos, and Garland makes an appearance in the trailer too. According to this translation of a message posted by director Tetsuya Nomura on the official Japanese Final Fantasy Origin website, the game will be "a story of an angry man" in which the battle system will be "heavily linked" to the narrative. It merges that idea with his desire to make a bloody game.

The main character battles Garland in Final Fantasy Origin
Final Fantasy Origin's trailer has met with a mixed reaction from fans on social media.

Reception to the Final Fantasy Origin trailer has been somewhat mixed. The overabundance of the word "chaos" in the script has been noted and widely mocked, with the word being spoken eight times across the trailer's two-minute thirty-three second running time. Many fans have also commented on the dark and muted tone of the trailer, as well as the somewhat ordinary dress style of the main characters, and questioned whether these aspects truly represent the "bold new vision for Final Fantasy" promised during the closing moments.

We don't yet know when the Final Fantasy Origin PS5 demo will be available to play, but we'll bring you more on this as soon as we get it. You should also keep an eye on the game's official Twitter feed, as any developments in the situation will likely be posted there.

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