The first Final Fantasy title released in Japan on December 18, 1987. That means the franchise will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017 – but what will that look like?
Publisher Square Enix isn’t quite ready to divulge its plans, but in a recent interview with Famitsu, executive producer Shinji Hashimoto said the company will announce them soon.
Currently, we know that 2017 will see the release of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. Beyond that, we can only speculate. Will there be fan celebrations? Game collections? More remastered titles? Maybe even the first episode of the much-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake? Only time will tell.
Only a handful of franchises can boast the long lifespan of Final Fantasy, so maybe Square Enix has something special planned. Since 2017 marks the series’ 30th anniversary AND the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, it would be especially fitting if the first installment of that remake comes out this year. But even if it doesn’t, I hope Square Enix finds an appropriate way to thank fans for their years of support.