The Team Ninja-developed spin-off game was announced during the Square Enix Presents live stream on Sunday, with a surprise demo due to launch on PlayStation 5 the same day.
However, after downloading the trial version players discovered that it was totally unplayable. Attempting to launch the demo caused an error to appear stating that “the data is corrupted”.
On Tuesday, the publisher finally released a fix for the error, which it said should make the demo playable – even for those who have already downloaded it.
“If you have already downloaded the Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin Trial Version, the issue will be resolved by applying the update. For those newly downloading the Trial Version, you will be able to play it as-is upon download. We apologise to have kept you waiting.”
At the time of publishing there’s no word on whether Square Enix will extend the availability of the demo, which is due to disappear from the PlayStation Store on June 24 at 8pm PT.
Players who download and play the demo will be invited to participate in a survey to provide feedback to the development team on their play experience, Square Enix said.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is described as “a bold new vision for Final Fantasy”, will release on current and last-gen consoles as well as PC.
Producer Tetsuya Nomura said in a statement: “While it is Final Fantasy, it feels different—but there’s no doubt that the blood of Final Fantasy runs through its veins.
“We’ve undertaken the challenge of finding this difficult middle ground for this mature and stylish title. We need a little time until we’re able to complete it, and while the battle system is a bloody one, it does link to the story, so I hope you’ll use this opportunity to give it a try.”