In celebration of the Final Fantasy franchise’s 35th anniversary, Square Enix has launched a new commemorative website. The first game in the long-running series launched on December 18th, 1987, which is an exceedingly long time ago!
The opening message promises that Square “will be bringing you many exciting new ways to enjoy the worlds of FINAL FANTASY.” The site also contains a message from longtime series producer and director Yoshinori Kitase that you can read below:
V=30, VII=25, XI=20
What do you think these numbers mean?
They are actually the anniversaries of FINAL FANTASY titles this year. Every year a number of titles celebrate their anniversaries, but if you think about it so many from one series lining up in such a way is pretty unusual.
This is only possible because of the long-lasting passionate support for each game in the FF series from fans like you. Thank you so much.
And this year, the FINAL FANTASY series itself celebrates its 35th anniversary.
We will continue to work hard making each FINAL FANTASY game one that you will remember for a long time to come.
The FF 35th site will support new releases, sharing info on upcoming titles and merchandise. I hope you’re excited for what’s on the way for FINAL FANTASY!
A little touch that I liked is that you can enable a choir rendition of the iconic Prelude by clicking on the speaker icon on the upper-left corner. The site features two of this year’s new releases in the series: Chocobo GP and Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin, with an curious “and more…” teasing future announcements. Dare I hope for Final Fantasy XVI, a compilation of the Pixel Remasters for consoles, or even a preview of Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2?
The 35th anniversary website launch is just one of many goings-on in an eventful week for Square Enix. Here’s a quick summary of everything you might have missed:
- The company launched its Square Enix Music YouTube channel featuring a comprehensive archive of tunes from Final Fantasy, NieR, SaGa, and more.
- A new demo for Stranger of Paradise came out in the lead-up to its March 18th launch next week.
- Two games were unveiled at Sony’s State of Play presentation yesterday: The DioField Chronicle and Valkyrie Elysium. Both are slated for release this year.
- Forspoken has been delayed to October this year, but a new gameplay trailer was later revealed.
- The arcade racing spinoff Chocobo GP comes out today (March 10th). Read our review!
As always, visit RPGFan if you want to keep up with all things Final Fantasy!