Today beings the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event in Japan and across the world. Over the next two days we’ll be seeing presentations celebrating the history and future of the series — with a few surprises along the way! Opening ceremonies are kicking off in Japan, and we’ll be updating this post with pictures from the event floor. Check it all out below!
Later this evening the streams will begin — and we’ve posted the schedule (and where to view them below). We’ll be covering all the information that comes out of the event for all upcoming titles and merchandise too! So stay tuned and feel free to comment with your thoughts on Final Fantasy’s 25 years.
Coverage of the Opening Ceremony:
+ President and CEO Yoichi Wada is on stage. “Versus is coming along just fine.”
+ Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo reps talk briefly about Final Fantasy.
+ Final Fantasy exec. producer Shinji Hashimoto takes the stage — he has a surprise!
+ The surprise is a Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box including content from FFI through FFXIII.
+ It contains new art from Yoshitaka Amano.
+ It has every Final Fantasy game in the form of a PS1 disc, PS2 disc, or UMD. Each disc has new art from Amano-san.
+ It will costs 35000 yen ($446 USD).
+ A Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Memorial Ultimania has been announced. (Link.)
+ The Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box will be exclusive to the Square Enix eStore.
+ Some of the contents of the 25th Ultimate Box include a special anniversary video disc, “Crystal ArtWorks” anniversary visual art collection, two-disc anniversary music selection CD, Final Fantasy XIV Mogu Mogu Earring item code, mini-replica of Yoshitaka Amano’s 25th Anniversary artwork and stand.
+ The release date of the Ultimate Box is December 18th, 2012 — the 25th Anniversary.
Game contents of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box:
+ Final Fantasy (PS1 ver.)
+ Final Fantasy II (PS1 ver.)
+ Final Fantasy III (PSP ver.)
+ Final Fantasy IV (PS1 ver.)
+ Final Fantasy V (PS1 ver.)
+ Final Fantasy VI (PS1 ver.)
+ Final Fantasy VII -International- (PS1 ver., 4 discs)
+ Final Fantasy VIII (PS1 ver., 4 discs)
+ Final Fantasy IX (PS1 ver., 4 discs)
+ Final Fantasy X (PS2 ver.)
+ Final Fantasy XI Vana’diel Collection 2 (PS2 ver.)
+ Final Fantasy XII (PS2 ver.)
+ Final Fantasy XIII (PS3 ver.)
Contents of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Memorial Ultimania:
+ Book 1 includes Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, V, and VI.
+ Book 2 includes Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX.
+ Book 3 includes Final Fantasy X, XI, XII, XIII, and XIV.
(Times and dates are Japan Standard Time.)
11:30 JST Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Saga: New Developments Presentation
14:30 JST Final Fantasy XI Music Stage featuring Nanaa Mhigo’s
17:30 JST Final Fantasy XIV Special Show