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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is the 4th lowest debut for a Final Fantasy spinoff in history in Japan.
As posted by Game Data Library, a Twitter account that tracks Japanese sales data, only Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon on Wii, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers on Wii and Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales on DS have sold fewer copies in their launch week.
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The PC port, which is currently an Epic Games Store exclusive, has been causing issues for some players, a number of whom are reporting that the game is slowing down during combat.
One player, who claims to be playing the game with an RTX 3080 graphics card and an i5-12600K processor, created a post titled “PC port is horrendous” on the game’s subreddit.
“The game is ugly as hell with awful render distance, tons of pop-in, jagged visuals, aliasing everywhere, and really blurry and washed out image,” they claimed.
“In basic one-on-one fights the game goes from full 120fps straight down to low 40s and 50s, and not only does the FPS drop but the actual gameplay speed slows down with it so it looks like you’re playing in slow motion. Strongly recommend not purchasing until there’s some fixes, I’ve never seen such a bad port.”
This isn’t the first time that a PC port of a Square Enix game has been criticised for performance issues.
The PC version of Final Fantasy VII Remake, released in December 2021, was deemed “the worst AAA release… on PC in a good long time”, according to video game tech analysis site Digital Foundry.