Report: Will 2017 Be the Year of More Final Fantasy Releases?

by Robert Workman


While 2016 was a pretty epic year for Final Fantasy with the long awaited release of XV, a new report making the rounds indicates that next year could be even bigger for the franchise.

A site called VGLeaks has reported on a number of projects that could be coming from Square Enix next year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the franchise. That includes the first chapter of Final Fantasy VII Remake, which was announced last year, as well as Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, both of which could arrive before holiday 2017.

But that's just the beginning. The site also reports that Final Fantasy XIII will get a special trilogy release, from the original game to Lightning Returns, also in 2017, with all three games set to be on separate discs, running at 60 frames per second in glorious 1080p.

Sound good? Hang on tight, because it could get even better. The site also reports that a 30th Anniversary Collection may be in the works, with a number of classic Final Fantasy games, from the very first through IX, could be made available next year, with two versions of both Final Fantasy I to VI, including NES/SNES and modern mobile ports. This means Final Fantasy II and III (not the originals -- those were and VI) could get English ports for the first time

The site noted various editions of the Final Fantasy collection:

1. Regular version: games and poster. 

2. Collector’s Edition: Games, poster, art book, 8-bit Black Mage keychain, Chocobo plush and two discs with a selection of songs chosen by Nobuo Uematsu. 

3. Crystal Complete Edition. It will be only available in limited quantities in the Square Enix’s website for PS4. Crystal Complete Edition will include:

– Games: Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Collection titles (FF I to IX), Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy, Final Fantasy XV (and all DLC), Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (including all expansions + a 3 month subscription). Special items for Final Fantasy XI Mobile and Final Fantasy XIV will be included as well. 

– Physical items: all the content included in the Collector’s Edition, two extra discs for the soundtrack, a crystal necklace, a Moogle plush, a Black Mage statue, all three Final Fantasy Trading Card Game starter decks, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV. Everything will be packed in a luxury chest decorated with the Final Fantasy logo.

The site also noted that PC ports of Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy XV were in the works, but likely won't arrive until 2018.

Now, take all of this with a grain of salt, as Square Enix hasn't confirmed a single one of these titles for its celebration next year. But, man, would this be a way to celebrate or what?

We'll have more official details soon as we get them.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.