Square Enix Kicks Off Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Celebration

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This year marks the official 30th anniversary since the original Final Fantasy launched in Japan on the Nintendo Entertainment System (it came to U.S. shores in 1990). With last year’s release of Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy is one of the most storied and recognizable franchises in gaming.

Square Enix is launching a year-long celebration of the franchise. An official Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Opening Ceremony in Tokyo, Japan teased out some new art and details regarding upcoming Final Fantasy content, including the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII remake.

A new website was launched to keep track of all the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary news. Fans can use the hashtag #FF30th to share fond memories, art work, etc, and see them posted on the site.

A single new piece of art was released for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake. The picture shows protagonist Cloud with his signature Buster Sword, standing in front of Midgar. This year also serves as the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

An HD remaster of Final Fantasy XIII is coming to PlayStation 4. Titled Final Fantasy XIII: The Zodiac Age, it will include remastered characters and movie scenes and newly recorded music. New features include The Zodiac Job System that improves leveling, as well as new Trial and Speed Modes. A release date was also announced: July 11, 2017.

Final Fantasy XV’s first piece of major DLC content is Episode Gladio. It features the titular party member on a solo quest. It’s included in the Premium Edition and Season Pass or can be purchased separately. Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladio launches on March 28.

Also coming to Final Fantasy XV are downloadable Booster Packs. Free and paid versions will be available to download on February 21. Booster Packs include powerful new items.

The somewhat odd collaboration between Final Fantasy and Ariana Grande was shown in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. Players will be able to acquire the Ariana Grande-inspired character for free until February 2 by completing the first stage of the event, “Dangerous Woman Tour.” Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is available on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Mobius Final Fantasy, the other mobile Final Fantasy title, is coming to Steam PC on February 6. The game features 10 million users and will celebrate with in-game bonuses and a special Final Fantasy VII remake event beginning February 7.