Celebrating 30 Years of ‘Final Fantasy’ with Remakes, DLC, and ‘Kingdom Hearts’

In 1987, one small struggling video game company released what they thought would be their last game ever. This “final” fantasy game then went on to spawn a series of 15 core games and countless spin-offs.

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of that original Final Fantasy game, which revolutionized the roleplay video game genre, and Square Enix didn’t hesitate to publicize this fact. In a recent event held by Square Enix Japan, they celebrated by announcing new additions to current games as well as makeovers to some old favorites.

The biggest announcement of the night was the official release date of Final Fantasy‘s next game for the PS4 – Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. It is an HD remaster of the original Final Fantasy XII, a game that takes the plot of Star Wars and gives it a Final Fantasy makeover, with some sexy rabbit ladies as well.

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The Zodiac Age will feature everything that North Americans missed from Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System which, despite its name, previously was only available in Japan. The Zodiac system replaces Final Fantasy XII‘s license board system, which would cause all characters by the end of the game to be pretty much the same, and gives players back the job system from previous installments in the series, allowing for specialized builds for each character.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will release for the PS4 on July 11, 2017.

Smaller announcements at the anniversary event included confirmation of the release date for the online game Final Fantasy XIV‘s newest expansion and DLC for Final Fantasy XV. Not only will the boys of XV be getting some Power Rangers-esque costumes, but the first new chapter to the game, Episode Gladio, will be released on March 28, followed sometime in June by Episode Prompto. Not much information was given about the highly anticipated HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, except for a look at more of the game’s artwork.

Speaking of Final Fantasy VII, it also recently celebrated 20 years since the original release. While this didn’t prompt a company-wide event like the series’ anniversary did, Kingdom Hearts‘s Twitter gave it a nice little homage and shout-out.

No more news was given about Kingdom Hearts 3‘s upcoming release, but it was only just a week ago that Kingdom Hearts 2.8 was released.

 


Ellie Forder can’t decide between her two great loves of writing and art, but she can say that she is a giant nerd. She likes to combine these three things into blog writing, creative writing, and her Etsy shop. Her life is ruled by her two pet rabbits.

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Ellie Forder can’t decide between her two great loves of writing and art, but she can say that she is a giant nerd. She likes to combine these three things into blog writing, creative writing, and her Etsy shop. Her life is ruled by her two pet rabbits.

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