In 1987, a game was released that Hironobu Sakaguchi assumed would be his last game. He'd had a bit of a bad time with his titles failing to find success and he was expecting more issues with his latest title. That game was Final Fantasy and it was a bit more successful than the Japanese developer had expected.
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the series and Square Enix are planning a huge amount of events to celebrate. We got given a tonne of new screenshots of the Final Fantasy VII remake, the first DLC for the 15th game Episode Gladiolus, and the remake of Final Fantasy XII, entitled The Zodiac Age, amongst others. Here's the full rundown of what's planned for the anniversary:
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Brand-new key art for the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake was unveiled, depicting the game’s protagonist and mercenary Cloud and his iconic Buster Sword set to the background of Midgar, base of the Shinra Electric Power Company.
Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
European players can look forward to returning to the world of Ivalice in Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age on 11th July 2017 for the PS4 computer entertainment system. The visual and audio remaster of series classic Final Fantasy XII will feature a job character progression system for the first time in the West. New key art from famed character designer and artist Akihiko Yoshida was also revealed, featuring the main cast of the game including Ashe, Balthier, Fran and Vaan.
Final Fantasy XV : Episode Gladio DLC
The first sneak peek at some of the upcoming DLC for Final Fantasy XV was showcased on-stage, highlighting the brand-new perspective players will experience in the coming months. The Final Fantasy XV Booster Pack (Free Version) and Final Fantasy XV Booster Pack + are scheduled for release on 21st February, and will be available for all players or Season Pass holders, respectively. The DLC content will include powerful items such as the invincible outfit, “Magitek Exosuit” that give players an advantage during battles.
Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus releases on 28th March, and will be available to players who purchased the Premium Edition or Season Pass and can also be purchased separately via the Xbox Marketplace or the PlayStation Store. Through this DLC, players can enjoy an episode depicted from Gladio’s perspective. Gilgamesh, one of the franchise’s fan-favourite characters will also be making an appearance in the episode.
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, the full-scale Final Fantasy adventure for mobile devices which has achieved over 20 million downloads worldwide, recently began a spectacular in-game collaboration event with internationally renowned artist and actress Ariana Grande. All players will be able to acquire “Dangerous Ariana,” the Ariana Grande-inspired character exclusively designed for Final Fantasy Brave Exvius until the 2nd of February by completing the first stage of the special in-game event, "Dangerous Woman Tour."
Mobius Final Fantasy
Mobius Final Fantasy, the critically acclaimed mobile RPG adventure will be making its way to Steam next month on 6th February. Mobius Final Fantasy offers an all-new RPG adventure featuring a deep story, stunning visuals, in-depth character customisation and a refined turn-based RPG battle system. To celebrate over 10 million registered users worldwide, and the Final Fantasy VII 20th anniversary, various in-game bonuses and a special Final Fantasy VII Remake collaboration event will begin on 7th February for a limited time.