It’s official, January 31st is now registered in Japan Anniversary Association as a day to celebrate the birthday of Final Fantasy VII. Today also marks the 26th year since its first release back in 1997.
The following is a heartwarming statement written in the classic VII font from Yoshinori Kitase, the director of the original game and project producer of VII Remake, on the 26th anniversary of the game:
The 31st of January 1997, the day that FINAL FANTASY VII came out, was not just a significant day for the FINAL FANTASY series, but also marked when so many big things started moving for those of us who worked on the game.
I remember being overwhelmed at the breakneck speed with which video game technology was evolving, but also dreaming big things for the future.
With the establishment of this official anniversary day, I will now always remember these things, and hold them dearly in my heart.Yoshinori Kitase
Director, Final Fantasy VII
Producer, Final Fantasy VII Remake project
Fast forward two decades and the series continues to live on with the birth of FF7R in 2020. Last year, we were also thrilled to receive the announcement of VII Rebirth, the second part of the Remake trilogy, during the 25th-anniversary stream.
It was also just recently that Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, a remaster of the classic PlayStation Portable spin-off Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, debuted on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. If you haven’t purchased the game yet, our in-depth review by Bob Richardson might influence your decision.
The last day of January will now be remembered as a special day for all Final Fantasy fans. Let me take this opportunity to raise my glass and chant, “Happy Final Fantasy VII Day, everyone!”