The original Final Fantasy was first released on the Nintendo Fanicom in December 1987, making this year the franchise’s official 25th anniversary, and Square-Enix has announced a bevy of activities in North America to celebrate this milestone for their flagship franchise.
First up is the “Experience FINAL FANTASY” event scheduled during PAX Prime in Seattle. On Friday, August 31st, from 1:00 to 9:00 PM, the ACT Theatre will host a collection of playable units featuring titles from Final Fantasy‘s storied history, as well as commemorative games and activities for the fans. Visitors will be able to receive an exclusive 25th anniversary Yoshitaka Amano artwork poster, as well as attempt to win prizes such as character plushies and a Final Fantasy XIII-2 themed PS3 and 360. At 7:30 PM during the event, producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Motomu Toriyama, and art director Isamu Kamikokuryo will present a special video message for fans revealing new details about the planned continuation of Lightning’s storyline.
Square-Enix also has a pair of concerts in North America to continue their 25th anniversary celebration. The first being on September 22nd at the Zellerback Auditorium in Berkeley, California, where they are presenting the FINAL FANTASY XI: 10th Anniversary Concert. Later, on December 7th, the Distant Worlds: The Celebration Distant Worlds: The Celebration tour comes to the Akoo Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, there conducted by Grammy award-winner Arnie Roth.
Included in the festivities (because why not?), Square-Enix is touting the recently released downloadable PC version of Final Fantasy VII, the Android version of Final Fantasy III, and the recent announcements of Final Fantasy III on Ouya and the upcoming re-design of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In case you still need more anniversary celebration info, you can swing by the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary website.