Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin artwork showing off the characters

[Update]: Stranger of Paradise has now arrived, and I'm afraid to say it's somewhat of a mixed bag.

If you're interested in a bit of a different take on Final Fantasy, you might want to pay attention to the upcoming Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. It's essentially an alternate-universe retelling of the original Final Fantasy story, but instead of controlling a group of characters in turn-based battles, Stranger of Paradise will have you personally duke it out in close-quarters action-RPG combat.

As you might imagine given Team Ninja's involvement, this means you'll have plenty of different moves and combos to play around with, an assortment of challenging enemies that will require some getting used to, and in classic Final Fantasy fashion, HP and MP potions to help tip the scales should things start going bad. Besides the potions themselves, there will also be a whole bunch of items and gear to collect, each of which will grant you increasingly stronger benefits the more pieces of a set you collect.

What this looks like in action, as well as what the story is even all about, that you can check out through two of somewhat recent trailers. Have a look, starting with the story-focused trailer and ending with the more gameplay orientated one:

If all of that looks like it's right up your alley, you'll be happy to hear that Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin will be landing this March 18th onto PC, PlayStation and Xbox. Once it does I'll make sure to let you know, but for now you can learn a bit more about it over at the official website.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin screenshot of a piercing attack in combat

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin screenshot of the combat in action