Forspoken PS5

It doesn't take a genius to see that Forspoken might be in for a bit of a rocky launch later this month. The Square Enix action RPG has most certainly had its ups and downs when it comes to marketing, and following the release of a playable demo on PS5 in December last year, opinions appear to be more divided than ever.

Case in point: the title's new trailer, which debuted earlier this week, currently has more dislikes than likes on YouTube (as per findings from PlayStation LifeStyle). Now obviously, optional YouTube metrics will never tell the whole story, but they can (and often do) give us a window into the leanings of public opinion.

Of course, this isn't the first time that Forspoken's marketing has attracted criticism. Last year, a social media advertisement ended up becoming a meme because of the narration from protagonist Frey. You know, the whole "so let me get this straight" script.

And based on the many, many takes we've seen online, the aforementioned demo hasn't really helped. Some think it's fine and that the full game will likely be much improved, while others reckon it's a worrying glimpse into a flawed release. We played it ourselves, and while we don't think that the demo does a very good job of introducing its various mechanics, it's definitely rough around the edges.

As always, we'd encourage everyone not to judge a game too harshly until it's actually released — but with Forspoken, the signs do point towards a title that's going to split people's opinions. It'll be very interesting to see how it reviews.

What are your thoughts on Forspoken? Did the demo sway you at all? Give us some predictions in the comments section below.