It refers to the trope of characters being transported into another world. A common Isekai setup in anime is having players getting trapped in an MMO. Is that what’s happening in Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin? Saying something now would be a spoiler so let’s save those until the end and attempt to answer some questions.
The very end of the game shows Jack and his four companions waiting around the throne in the Chaos Shrine. Time moves forward and four shadowy figures appear in the doorway, seemingly ready to challenge Jack, or Garland, to a showdown. This is how the original Final Fantasy game starts. The Four Warriors of Light are tasked by the king to retrieve his daughter. They face Garland and kick off the entire adventure/franchise. Was this all a setup for a future remake?
A majority of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin takes place on the first continent. There are vast spaces between mission areas but most parts of the map are touched to some degree. This is not true for the upper continent. Players will take on a few missions on the West side of this continent but the East area of the map is completely barren.
Are there plans for DLC or a giant expansion down the line? It’s odd to have a landmass that big and not use it, so the chances for some sort of DLC are high. There are a lot of different routes the developers could go with it.
One of the most mysterious groups of characters in the game is the Lufenians. By the end, it is revealed that these interdimensional beings are sending Jack and his friends back in time. They are also purging all darkness from their realm to purify it. That’s why Jack has had to run this loop on repeat. Seemingly darkness is a never-ending supply in whatever world these people exist in. There are too many questions left unanswered with the Lufenians.
One of the biggest revelations in the original Final Fantasy was that it was stuck in a time loop. It is never revealed how many times this loop is repeated but the coming of the Four Warriors of Light finally brought an end to this loop.
This question remains unanswered in Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin as well. How many times did Jack and the others have to go through their journeys? Sometimes they seemingly failed too. In that case, wouldn’t that have ended all existence? If not then how did the Lufenians stop the madness?
Jack is the pure embodiment of rage in this story. He will finish off opponents, big or small, as if he were always crushing ants. One of the flashier powers in the game is Jack's finishers which turn enemies into crystals. This can also boost the magic gauge, so it is encouraged to do so.
How Jack can perform these finishers is never explained. He doesn’t use a special dagger to do it. Things in this universe may naturally turn to crystals when they die, but again, the true answer is not clear.
At the beginning of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Jack, Ash, and Jed meet up outside the castle. They know they are supposed to be together because their black orbs are seemingly drawn to one another. Players are made to believe that these black orbs are sacred crystals and thus Jack and the others are the destined Warriors of Light.
Eventually, it is revealed that these are not the series’ famous crystals. The black orbs can absorb dark energy and also store memories. They are like hard drives but ones that cannot be accessed regularly. Why they are given these items and how they exactly work is up to interpretation.
Astos is as mysterious by the end of the story as he is the first time Jack and the others meet up with him. Eventually, it is revealed that he was created by the Lufenians as some sort of organic robotic cyborg. His allegiance is to Jack, whatever his cause may be. Jack has a plan, during their first loop, to stop whatever the Lufenians were cooking up.
Unfortunately, Jack and everyone else forgot their mission when time resets but Astos doesn’t. Couldn’t Astos have kept something of Jack’s to make him believe the plan? Aren’t there other ways to record people besides the black crystals? Jack could have also written it down. There are AirPods in Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin for crying out loud.