In 2012, Square Enix Japan published a trio of Final Fantasy 25th Memorial Ultimania books collecting art, developer commentary and background information on the first 14 numbered Final Fantasy games. Now Dark Horse is publishing the books in English, with the first 336 page volume arriving in July. We have samples. Wanna see?
Square Enix and Studio BentStuff have been putting out Ultimania series companion books in Japan for nearly two decades. A whopping 72 books have been published in Japan since 1999, most of them covering the Final Fantasy series and its offshoots. While most Ultimania books cover a single game, the Final Fantasy 25th Memorial Ultimania series is a special three volume set that goes from Final Fantasy 1 to 14.
While in Japan all three volumes came out at once, Dark Horse is doing the English versions one at a time. Volume One, covering Final Fantasy 1 through Final Fantasy 6, is due out on July 24 for $US40 ($51). It's 336 pages of stuff like this...
One day they will make a Final Fantasy game that looks like living Amano art. Image: Dark Horse (exclusive to Kotaku)
Again, one day they will make a Final Fantasy that looks like living Amano art. Image: Dark Horse (exclusive to Kotaku)
One day they will make a world map that looks like living Amano art. It will be very weird. Image: Dark Horse (exclusive to Kotaku)
Volume two (covering Final Fantasy 7, 8 and the best one) and three (covering 10 through 14) will follow after. I'd say soon after, but Dark Horse likes to draw these things out.