Final Fantasy VII is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week, ringing in the special occasion with an upcoming livestream and new messages from FFVII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase and creative director Tetsuya Nomura. While neither Final Fantasy veteran got into specifics, Nomura mentioned “new FFVII projects,” starting after delivering more on Remake.
New Final Fantasy VII projects seem less like a matter of “if” there’s more in the pipeline and more of just a “when” given the RPG’s record-breaking success for the franchise. The PS1 hit still sports more spin-offs than I can ever remember (but you should play Crisis Core) and a cast that deserves a spot at the top when ranking series greats. So, am I surprised Nomura gives us a wink and a nudge to hang tight for more? No. Did I still start sobbing over the possibility of more Aerith and Tifa? Yes.
Anyway, here’s the entire official message from Nomura.
With the 25th anniversary of FFVII this year, the game has now existed for a quarter-century. I am truly grateful to all the fans who have loved FFVII over these 25 years, and thanks to your support, Cloud has never felt far away over that time.
Continuing on from the release of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER has also opened for service and next we have FINAL FANTASY VII EVER CRISIS waiting in the winds too. With all of these exciting new projects, I get a real sense of how more and more people are supporting FFVII. Not just the fans from the original game, but also those who never experience it are being drawn to the unique world of FFVII.
And there will be even more new FFVII projects that started up after the remake coming in the future too. The team see this 25th anniversary as a waypoint on our journey with FFVII, and will continue pressing ahead to even greater things, so please keep supporting us going forward!
FINAL FANTASY VII Character Design etc. and FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Project Creative Director
Kitase’s message is also included, reading:
This year marks the 25th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY VII! It also marks the 35th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY series itself, which means that FFVII was born in the 10th year of that 35 year long history.
Personally, I had always thought of FFVII as a recent game, but it has actually now become one of the games from the “early series”. Even so, we were honoured last year when it was voted as the third most popular game ever by gamers in a (Japanese) TV poll. That we could achieve something like that is very much thanks to all the support we have had from our fans over the long years. Thank you so much.
FFVII has re-emerged as the latest game in the series once again, with titles like FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE and FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER, and you can look forward to even more exciting new developments in future!
FINAL FANTASY VII Director and FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Project Producer
The upcoming livestream, set to air in Japan in just a few hours, is for the aforementioned First Soldier mobile game that takes place decades before the original story. Part two of Remake has no official date for now and there’s no indication we can count on that being mentioned in today’s festivities, but let’s not shatter my hopes and dreams for more Aerith and Tifa until the day is over in Japan.