January 31 marked an auspicious occasion for Final Fantasy players. Final Fantasy VII was celebrating its 26th anniversary. Many fans were expecting a live stream like last year, but Square Enix had something else in mind.
January 31 was officially crowned Final Fantasy day. On this occasion, Director Yoshinori Kitase announced that the game had been able to sell just over 14.1 million units worldwide.
We’re delighted to announce “Final Fantasy VII Day” has been officially registered in Japan, to commemorate the anniversary of the launch of the original game.
To celebrate, here’s a special message from Yoshinori Kitase, producer of the Final Fantasy VII remake project. pic.twitter.com/GBphY8AYR4
— FINAL FANTASY VII (@finalfantasyvii) January 31, 2023
While the tweet announcing the news has come from the Final Fantasy VII Twitter account. However, the idea was first proposed and then executed by Square Enix.
Square Enix was able to announce January 31 as Final Fantasy through the help of the Japan Anniversary Association. The association in the governing body lists any type of memorial day in the country.
In a heartfelt statement, Director Yoshinori Kitase talked about the hardships he and his team have faced over the years. He put special emphasis on how the ever-changing technological revolution has always excited and motivated him to work harder.
In his statement, he had this to say about the whole experience.
Final Fantasy VII was released on January 31st, 1997, and it was a day when many things changed for the series and for us in development. I remember dreaming of a future that was wide open even as I was swallowed up by the waves of rapidly evolving game technology. By enacting this anniversary, I will not forget that feeling and will continue to hold it forever.
Director Yoshinori Kitase also mentioned the fact that, over time, Final Fantasy VII has been able to sell over 14.1 million units across the globe. This does not seem too shocking to hear, considering the fact that Final Fantasy VII has always remained a fan favorite.
This can be further solidified by the fact that the game is heavily decorated. It has won a slew of awards and has been nominated for plenty more. Some of the most well-known awards include:
- Console Role-Playing Game of the Year
- Console Adventure Game of the Year
The game first came out in 1997 and immediately became a huge hit. Even after 26 years, the fanbase it has amassed is a force to be reckoned with. Recently, a fan-created 3D model of cloud strife’s weapons from the original Final Fantasy VII.
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