Royal boy band goes on a road trip and saves the world – that's one way of describing November 2016's acclaimed Final Fantasy XV, a phenomenal ten years in development and the biggest launch effort in franchise history.
Post-release content is now on its way, with a pack of superhero-style, full body motorcycle suits coming Feb 21. They bestow invincibility upon the player's team members for 30 minutes at a time.
Perhaps more significant are release dates for expansions featuring some of those supporting team members.
March 28 sees the arrival of Episode Gladiolus, which is all about royal bodyguard Gladiolus and his time away from the main storyline. June beckons the release of Episode Prompto, which is about a non-aristocratic friend who was also closely involved in the story's adventure.
Remakes were also prominent during the event, with announcements pertaining to Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final Fantasy VIIRemake.
One of the series' biggest games, Final Fantasy VII, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Jan 31, and Final Fantasy VII Remake is set to update its visuals, the way it plays, and even story elements.
Despite the timing, it wasn't the event's focus, but a new image recalled key art for the original PlayStation game from 1997 and gave an indication of where things are headed as far as the remake is concerned.
Similarly, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age updates 2006's Final Fantasy game – a PlayStation 2 release – in high definition for the PlayStation 4, and is now set for the week of July 11 internationally.
Numerous crossover plans celebrate the 30th anniversary year of the Final Fantasy franchise.
Final Fantasy VII hero, Cloud, will become part of another mobile spin-off, Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius from Feb 6. His opposite number, antagonist Sephiroth, is being inducted into Final Fantasy Mobius.
New mobile game Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, which gets its worldwide debut via a Japanese launch on Feb 1.
Linking Final Fantasy XII and the cute, bobble-head style World of Final Fantasy (PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita) will be FF XII character Balthier, released as a piece of downloadable content for the latter.
And the next game in Square Enix's Fortune Street series, which bears some resemblance to board game Monopoly, will include Noctis, main character from Final Fantasy XV. Fortune Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary had already been announced for a PS4 and Vita release sometime in 2017.
Crossovers didn't stop there, with several branded products among the clutch of announcements, including a collaboration with Cup Noodle, already featured within FF XV, and even a US$1,000 (RM4,430) Final Fantasy wine that comes with Swarovski crystal glasses. — AFP Relaxnews
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