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The Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin demo is broken

UPDATE: Now fixed.

UPDATE 15/6/21 10.30am UK: A mere 15 minutes after its previous message promising a fix "soon", Square Enix has now confirmed its Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Oranges demo is now working. Chaos moves quickly!

You'll need to download a quick patch upon loading the demo, but we've verified that this does indeed sort the unspecified issue and allow you to play.

Finally, Square Enix has apologised for keeping fans waiting.

UPDATE 15/6/21 10.15am UK: Square Enix has issued a new update on its broken Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin demo, and it's still broken. On the upside, the publisher said, it has now identified the issue and should have a fix "soon".

We'll update again when this is implemented, so you can experience chaos for yourself.

ORIGINAL STORY 14/6/21: It's fair to say Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin got a rough reception upon its reveal during the Square Enix E3 show last night.

But perhaps it plays better? It's impossible to say right now, as the game's instantly-dropped PlayStation 5 demo remains broken, and unable to play.

Curious Final Fantasy fans first reported an inability to load the demo after downloading it last night. This morning, our Aoife told me it's still not working.

"Can't continue using this game or app," an error message states when trying to load the demo. "The data is corrupted. Delete it from your PS5 and then download it again from your library."

Developed by Team Ninja, this Final Fantasy spin-off is designed to be blend of Square Enix's RPG series and Team Ninja's Nioh.

But it quickly got the meme treatment - with the internet being very amused by its lead character loudly proclaiming his desire to "kill chaos!" in last night's trailer.

The demo is due to remain available until 24th June.

Stranger of Paradise is planned to launch on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S in 2022.

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