Announced launch date postponed to January 2023
Square Enix and Luminous Productions announce the postponement of the launch of Forspoken.
Forspoken is the first PC game that was demonstrated with Microsoft DirectStorage technology in March this year. The game’s publishers decided to move the launch date to next year without giving a clear reason.
Forspoken is an interesting title due to the advanced graphics technology it was built with. It was one of the first games confirmed to feature AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0, and its light engine supports the latest technologies such as Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO), Screen Space Reflections (SSR), and Ray Traced Shadows (RTS). ).
Forspoken postponed to 2023, Source: Forspoken
This game is the first known title to feature DirectStorage technology, using GPU compression for game assets, saving I/O rates and limiting CPU usage in the process. Microsoft claims that DS can reduce CPU overhead by 20-40% on Windows 11. It can also speed up throughput for modern NVMe drives and reduce load times by a factor of 10 for the fastest SSDs.
DirectStorage has been available for game developers since March this year. With Forspoken delayed, it’s unclear if we’ll see this technology in action anytime soon. So far, no other PC games have been confirmed to support it.
According to the statement, all elements of the game are now complete and the developers are now engaged in the polishing phase. The decision to push back the launch date by four months was made after discussion with key partners.