What happened now? Forspoken, the Square Enix RPG that was used to showcase Microsoft’s DirectStorage technology back in March, won’t be coming this year. The game has been delayed for the second time, moving from its previous launch date of October to January 2023.

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“As a result of ongoing discussions with key partners, we have made the strategic decision to move Forspoken’s launch date to January 24, 2023,” the game’s official account says. He added that while all game elements are complete, the final polishing phase continues.

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This is the second time Forspoken has been delayed. Its official release date was originally May 24, 2022, so one would expect a third delay to be unlikely, though not impossible.

Even if you’re not thrilled with Forspoken, this news means we’re now unlikely to see Microsoft’s DirectStorage technology running on Windows 11 this year. Microsoft released an API for game developers back in March— it’s already on the Xbox Series X/S consoles — and Forspoken should be the first PC game to use it.

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Developer Luminous Productions says that DirectStorage, which allows games to make multiple simultaneous I/O requests and more efficiently, will cut Forspoken’s load time from an average of 10 seconds on a SATA SSD to just one second on an NVMe SSD capable of read speeds. more than 5000 megabytes per second, although some disputed these numbers.

Additionally, Microsoft has previously stated that DirectStorage will reduce CPU usage in games by up to 40% when used on Windows 11 (it will also be supported on Windows 10) along with the NVMe drive. The extra CPU cycles can be used for background processing, AI workloads, or other game features like giant open worlds. We’ll find out if the Forspoken DirectStorage implementation lives up to these promises next year.