Square Would Like You To Celebrate The 25th Anniversary Of Final Fantasy

The 25th anniversary celebration for Final Fantasy will kick off in a couple of weeks, a few months short of the series' 24th anniversary, but, hey, no one ever said the numbering of anything Final Fantasy was logical.

The series that debuted in December 1987, will be celebrated in grand style in Tokyo on September 1 and in America on August 31. That just might be the same day, thanks to the International Date Line, though it's not quite clear who synced up Square's big Japanese and American events will be.

We've got a big FF event happening some time on the 1st in Tokyo's Shibuya district. This event will include news on what's next for Final Fantasy XIII/XIII-2 heroine Lightning. And now we've got the following happening at the big PAX gaming convention in Seattle on the 31: an eight hour event, from 1pm PT in Seattle to 9pm at the ACT theatre (700 Union Street) that will include Final Fantasy games running on various systems from throughout series history, FF-related contests and, at 7:30 PM PT (that's 11:30 AM in Tokyo on the 1st), a "special video message" from FF producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Motomu Toriyama, and art director Isamu Kamikokuryo.

Square announced the PAX event today and also noted that there will be two FF-related concerts this fall: a 25th Anniversary Distant Worlds: The Celebration concert of Final Fantasy on Friday, December 7 at 8:00pm. at the Akoo Theatre in Chicago, Illinois... and the Final Fantasy XI: 10th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, September 22 at 8:00pm at the Zellerback Auditorium in Berkeley, California.


    lets hope
    special video message contains something along the lines of
    "We have been horrible to our fans these past few years but we have learned and it wont ever happen again"

    No, I don't want to!!!

    I'm only celebrating 7, 8 and Crisis Core. The rest are forgettable IMHO. Gameplay of 1-6 is frustrating and the stories of 9-13 only got worst each new iteration. I will however celebrate the music - it is nothing short of exemplary.

      You're the worse.

        Are you kidding FFIX was amazing and VI was a great game but I agree the music was simply exquisite.

      I myself am only going to celebrate VI, VII and IX. Crisis Core was good, but I hated the game play. To me, none of them stand close to VI, either.

        I myself am going to celebrate 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and crystal chronicals. Had fun with them all. 12 was acceptable if different but 13 was just a terrabad hallway of squek and only 1 character I could like.

    can Stephen actually count? 1987 + 25 = 2012. Therefore they are celebrating it a few months earlier than the 25th anniversary, not 24th.

      Have you been on Kotaku lately? The articles are riddled with spelling and grammar mistakes, if the journos can't spell and writing is their job, I'm not suprised that they can't do math.
      I mean fuck all it takes is for them to pay more attention while editing and to edit them abit more towards the aussie audience and Kotaku would be good again.

    I'll celebrate the FF series by wishing it stops. Square need to pick up the old series they have forgotten and put FF on hiatus for awhile to give it time so people actually want another one. Start work on a new Secret of Mana, Chrono Cross, Legend of the Dragoon or Xenogears game. Or better yet, how about a new one of each?

      I'll celebrate by wishing it STARTS again! They need to
      1) listen to their fans
      2) observe what other games in the west have innovated on
      3) know when to still ignore both those things and do their own whacky thing. Be whacky Square, good director whacky not careful boardroom whacky.

        Well the mana series has been getting sequels. Bad sequels but sequels never the less. Last one was for the DS.

    I'm really looking forward to the Lightning announcment - I hope it is FF13-3!

      You are cruel to say such hurtful things....

        But Lightning is a god!!. So long as they kill Hope XIII-3 would be epic!

          Alyssa should kill him post coitally basic instinct style!

    Aside from FFXIV, which I've yet to play, I'm celebrating all the Final Fantasies. Because I enjoyed them all (yes, even the XIII's).

    I will be celebrating FFVII, FFVIII,FFXIII and FFXIII-2 my favourite FF games so far. I am so excited to see another FFXIII game coming out, especially one based around Lightning again as she is the best character in the series. Hope they don't do anything to Hope sure he was whingy and annoying in FFXIII but in FFXIII-2 he became a badass and i hope they bring him into the new game as a usable character would love to continue his story now that hes grown up.

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