Square Enix held a Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary event in Tokyo, Japan, earlier this evening. Disappointingly, the closed-door, invite-only function was home to a long list of reveals that had more to do with their multi-media and franchising arm than with the games themselves. At least we’re getting new Distant Worlds concerts out of it.
As we weren’t on the ground, we’ve condensed some of the information from around the web, primarily from RPG Site unless otherwise stated.
Final Fantasy XV
- Feb. 21 — A ‘Magitek Exosuits’ DLC, turning the four-piece boy band into a sentai fighting force. These suits literally turn the crew invincible for 30 minutes before requiring a recharge.
- March 28 — ‘Episode Gladiolus’ DLC, showing players just what the tall fellow got up to when he briefly left. He’ll be joined by Cor Leonis.
- June 2017 —Episode Prompto release window provided, with no further details.
Other videogame news
- July 13 — Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age release date for Japan and Asia, two days behind the Western release.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake has new key art featuring the bitter duo, Cloud and Sephiroth. That’s it – Square Enix are still working on it.
- World of Final Fantasy is getting FF XII sky pirate Balthier as a DLC Champion.
- Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is getting FF VII’s Cloud on Feb. 6, presumably for Japanese servers.
- Mobius Final Fantasy is getting FF VII’s Sephiroth. No word whether he’ll be available in time for the global PC launch.
- Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omina (iOS/Android) launches in Japan on Feb. 1, featuring FF VII’s tragic heroine, Aerith.
Themed wine, cakes, and noodles
For a whopping 108,000 yen (S$1,350) you could be the owner of the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Ultimate Wine Crystal Edition, which consists of a 30-year-old bottle of Chateau Meyney red wine and two Swarovski crystal-coated glasses. It releases in late October.
A cheaper set of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are also available for a more reasonable 9,180 yen (S$115).
Alternatively, you could do the sensible thing and just visit Japan for all the other attractions listed further below.
To accompany the wine, they’re also releasing a set of frozen cakes featuring a Chocobo, Moogle, and Cactuar that retail for 4,500 yen (S$56) each. It’s made in conjunction with Asahi Confectionary and comes in the following flavors:
- Chocobo — Orange and Vanilla Mousse
- Moogle — Strawberry and Mascarpone Mousse
- Cactuar — Green Tea and Chocolate
Finally, the collaboration with Nissin’s Cup Noodles (which started as a ‘Cup Noodle XV’ parody) is taking on a more tangible form by way of noodle sets. Yes, 15 Cup Noodle packs themed after Final Fantasy bosses – check out the designs on the official page.
These will go on sale in Japan for 6,048 yen (S$75) starting on Feb. 1. What’s more, 30 people stand to win a 60-centimetre ‘Ultima Weapon Fork’ – too large to eat your noodles with but at least you’ll be a star at conventions.
Here are the selected bosses for each Cup Noodle:
- FF I — Chaos
- FF II — Emperor Mateus
- FF III — Cloud of Darkness
- FF IV — Zeromus
- FF V — Exdeath
- FF VI — Kefka
- FF VII — Sephiroth
- FF VIII — Ultimecia
- FF IX — Kuja (Trance)
- FF X — Seymour
- FF XI — Shadow Lord
- FF XII — Gabranth
- FF XIII — Orphan
- FF XIV — Bahamut
- FF XV — Potential spoiler, please highlight: [Ardyn Izunia]
I don’t know about you but talk about nostalgia flashbacks.
Distant Worlds gets new tour with fan-voted setlist
Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy is launching a new series of concerts titled ‘FINAL FANTASY 30th Anniversary – JIRITSU’. It kicks on in July in Sydney, Australia, before moving onward to North America, Europe, and Asia.
Unfortunately, by “Asia” they mean Japan – only Tokyo and Osaka are scheduled thus far, both of which are listed for early December.
In any case, fans will get to vote for their favorite songs (English version pending) until Feb. 28.
Happening in Japan
To wrap things up, here is a list of all the other announcements exclusive to the the series’ home country.
- Music tours for FF XV Piano Collections and FF Brass de Bravo.
- Final Fantasy: Lost Strangers manga series.
- Final Fantasy XIV: Daddy of Light TV series.
- Final Fantasy XIV-themed escape room.
- Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary exhibition.
- A Final Fantasy fashion line.
- FF VII’s Cloud and Sephiroth at the Sapporo Snow Festival.
And that’s all there is. Somewhere out there, a Final Fantasy Tactics fan is crying out for recognition.