Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is getting its first expansion on the 20th

The Final Fantasy game that you've probably never played just gave you another reason to give it a try.


Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is the Final Fantasy spin-off nobody asked for but Square Enix gave anyway. Yet, despite a rocky start on multiple platforms, especially the PC, the Team Ninja title appears to be doing just fine. It's even set to get its first expansion in a few weeks, as per Square Enix.

You can criticize its edginess all you want, but Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin tells a solid foundation that could serve as the start of a new lineup of spinoffs for Square Enix.

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As revealed in a trailer, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is getting a new DLC, Trials of the Dragon King, which adds several new items, areas, as well as enemies to the game. Of course, the main highlight of the expansion is the fan-favorite summon, Bahamut, who is also known as the Dragon King.

Square Enix did not clarify if Trials of the Dragon King will be available to purchase individually and for how much. We only know that it will be a part of Final Fantasy Origina's Season Pass, which will set you back $30 for the Digital Edition Upgrade. In addition to Trials of the Dragon King, the Season Pass will also include access to the Wanderer of the Rift and Different Future, the next two expansions coming to Final Fantasy origin.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is an alternate take on the Final Fantasy franchise. The game is set in a different universe despite serving as a prequel to the original Final Fantasy from 1986. Also, instead of being a traditional JRPG, Final Fantasy Origin plays more like an action game. 

Final Fantasy Origin is definitely not for everyone, but the sales figures do not lie. Even if it faced some initial backlash and meme-ing, Final Fantasy Origin was among the best-selling games the month that it launched. Since we don't hear Square Enix complaining about the low sales, unlike what it did with Marvel's Avengers and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, we can only assume that Final Fantasy Origin did well.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin had an oddball story that somehow worked.

In any case, if you're a Final Fantasy fan, you might as well give Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin a try. If nothing else, it should give you something to do while waiting for the Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII remaster in December as well as Final Fantasy VII Remake Rebirth and Final Fantasy XVI next year.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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