FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER Battle Royale Game Announced For Mobile

01.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME

Square Enix announced on Friday (February 26) the release of FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER, a new battle royale game for mobile which is set for release sometime in 2021. Check out the teaser trailer below.

FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER is set in Midgar and takes place 30 years before the events of Final Fantasy VII when Shinra is forming SOLDIER. In the trailer, the game looks to feature close quarters first-person and third-person gun fights, classic Final Fantasy summons, and more.


Tetsuya Nomura, the artist for the original Final Fantasy VII and director for Final Fantasy VII Remake, is serving as Creative Director for FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER.


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  • Yoshitaka Amano Exhibition Now Open at Kikka Gallery in Omotesando

    25.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Known for his work on the Final Fantasy series, Yoshitaka Amano is one of the most beloved artists in Japanese popular culture. From November 5 until November 30, an exhibition displaying many of his works is open at the Kikka Gallery in Omotesando, Tokyo. Online lottery sales of many Amano works shown in the exhibition began on November 20. 


    While overseas fans know him best for Final Fantasy, Amano is also the creator of many iconic characters such as Gatchaman, Tekkaman, and Casshan. 


    The PREMONITION OF HAPPINESS exhibition boasts 111 paintings and 3D works on display, all of which are one-of-a-kind. A number of colorful works drawn on traditional Japanese paper and bamboo plates are also attracting guests, based on his fine artwork CANDY GIRL, which he has been working on since 2015. 

  • Fender Announces FINAL FANTASY XIV Stratocaster

    25.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Fender, the iconic American instrument maker, is celebrating their 75th anniversary by holding a special collaboration with Square Enix’s MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV. This includes the release of the all-new FINAL FANTASY XIV Stratocaster®. Pre-orders for the guitar will open first in Japan on May 25 and subsequently the Americas, EMEA and Australia in late 2021 with shipping scheduled for early 2022.


    The Stratocaster is all-black with translucent sections of blue and purple to represent the Crystals of Light and Darkness in the game. It features a maple neck with a slim Modern C shape and a 12-fret fingerboard which has a meteor inlaid in the 12th fret. As well as the FFXIV logo, each guitar has the edition number printed on it to give it that premium feel.


    The guitar is also equipped with the Fender V-Mod Strat Single-Coil Strat which features a Limit Break inspired by the ultimate moves seen in the Final Fantasy series’ combat. Pressing it allows the player to. Using this enables the bridge and middle pickups in series for a heaviersound.


    The guitar also comes with a hardshell case featuring the Fender and FFXIV logos.




    FINAL FANTASY XIV Stratocaster® | $3,499.99 / £3,199 / €3,499 / $6,499 AUD / ¥396,000 JPY

    The FINAL FANTASY XIV Stratocaster will also be playable inside the world of FFXIV in accordance with an update to the game’s Performance Mode arriving in Patch 5.55 which is set to release on May 25. The in-game electric guitar will enable players to switch between clean and distorted tones, and they can also enjoy special performance features for the guitar including pick slide and mute effects.


    Enjoy the FINAL FANTASY XIV Stratocaster in real life and in-game!

  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Exclusive Tokyo Skytree Video Now Streaming On YouTube

    22.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate the launch of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, Tokyo Skytree launched an event titled “SKYTREE® in MIDGAR FINAL FANTASY Ⅶ REMAKE.” However, due to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the event and tower had to close on March 1, 2020.

    But Tokyo Skytree still wants people to enjoy the event in some way, and so they have decided on something super special that is sure to please fans. Originally, there was an original FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE video created exclusively for Tokyo Skytree which was being shown up in the tower’s TEMBO DECK, 350 meters in the air. It’s called FINAL FANTASY VII PREMIUM ROUND THEATER, and you can now watch it over on Tokyo Skytree’s official YouTube channel. It’s available to watch until June 1, 2020 at 11:00 (JST).


    Have you played FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE yet? Be sure to check out this exclusive content before you have to travel to Tokyo to see it!


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  • Official Final Fantasy XIV-Themed Weddings Now Available in Japan

    25.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME

    In the hugely popular MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV, players are able to participate in a marriage system called the Ceremony of Eternal Bonding in which they can get married in game. But Square Enix are about to take it to the next level as they team up with Bridal Heart to offer real-life, official FFXIV-themed weddings.


    Registrations for the wedding plan opened on May 22 in which people can look forward to professional wedding photography, gourmet cuisine, decorations and much more.

    A giant 4K screen will project immersive visuals of the gorgeous world of XIV, sounds and music will play to make it feel like you are in the game, a performance LED lights will be carried out by guests. The venue it is held at has been completely redeveloped and redesigned for the purpose of Final Fantasy XIV weddings.

    The banquet table will be adorned with an original wedding cake and Eternal Chocobo, music will chime, and there will be weapons carefully and elaborately recreated from the game. The immersive atmosphere is sure to make your wedding an emotional and memorable one.

    Of course, we mustn’t forget the gourmet menu line-up which is a mix of both Japanese and Western-style cuisine. It includes a full course as well as drinks, cakes, and more.


    This is the kind of wedding any fan of Final Fantasy XIV is going to want to have.

  • ‘Final Fantasy and the World of Yoshitaka Amano’ Exhibition Taking Place at Ikebukuro Sunshine City

    12.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME

    An exhibition opened in Ikebukuro Sunshine City on August 10 which is celebrating Yoshitaka Amano’s famous and instantly recognizable works on the Final Fantasy series. A special opening ceremony and private viewing was also held on August 9.

    Yoshitaka Amano was present at the ceremony. “There are works more than 30 years old that are even nostalgic to me. My techniques have changed over the course of my 50+ year career, but what I express hasn’t. It’s not often I get the chance to showcase the original pieces, so please enjoy.” he commented.

    There are close to 150 illustrations at the exhibition drawn by Amano for Final Fantasy as well as new pieces that are being shown for the first time for a total of around 200 works. The ‘Fantasy Corridor’ is one to look out for, an interactive piece that combines fantasy with technology. His works appear one after the other in a space with lights fluttering about. People are also invited to experience the colourful world of Amano with his latest work Candy Girl.

    Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get up close to original drawings from the Final Fantasy series.



    Final Fantasy and the World of Yoshitaka Amano

    Running: August 10, 2018 – September 2, 2018 (*No closures)

    Time: 11:00am-6:00pm (Last Entries 5:30pm)

    Location: Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Bunka Kaikan 3F Exhibition Hall C

    Price: General ¥2,000 / Children (15 and below) ¥1,000 *Free for those aged 3 and under

    TEL: 03-5777-8600


  • The greatest “Cool Japan” in USJ history will include Final Fantasy, Sailor Moon and much more!

    16.September.2017 | SPOT

    Each year, Universal Studios Japan’s “Universal Cool Japan” sparks a universal craze – now Universal Studios Japan will be launching this event once again!


    This will be the fourth year of “Universal Cool Japan”. For this event, the most popular manga, anime, games and brands from all over the world are specially selected and packed into one venue. To turn up the hype for fans even more, 2018 will be the year of history’s best “Cool Japan” event!

    “Universal Cool Japan” allows Japan to boast to the rest of the world about her cool entertainment brands. Each year, “Universal Cool Japan”  makes the most out of Japan’s creativity in order to deliver fans something they will only ever experience at the park! The overwhelming scale of this event and its high quality is something you can only experience here.

    “Case Closed” (Detective Conan) and “Monster Hunter” have already made an appearance at Cool Japan in the past. In response to their popularity, they will featured again in 2018, but this time with an upgrade! “Sailor Moon” and “Final Fantasy” are just two examples of the new members of the Cool Japan team – there’s so much that’s going to make this the best Cool Japan in history.

    Universal Cool Japan 2018 – The best lineup in history!
    【Part 1】19th January 2018 (Friday)~ 24th June 2018(Sunday)


    ① Final Fantasy

    Worldwide popularity fell into the hands of the Final Fantasy series for its cutting-edge graphics, unique outlook onto the world, and thrilling storyline. The series made the Guinness world record for the “most prolific role-playing game series”, representing Japan as a forerunner in role-playing games . The series will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.


    ② Case Closed (Detective Conan)

    In the year 2017, manga artist Gosho Aoyama single handedly sold over 2 million copies of his manga worldwide. The movie that was released in spring this year sparkled as the top movie of the first half of 2017. Its popularity stretches to over 20 countries worldwide.


    ③ Monster Hunter

    Since the launch of the “Monster Hunter” series, the hunting action game has become popular all over the world, earning the reputation as a “monster phenomenon” and as a sensational game for adults. “Monster Hunter: World” is an upcoming game which will be launched at the beginning of 2018. Fans cannot contain their excitement as they wait.

    【Part 2】Limited edition event from spring 2018

    ④ Sailor Moon
    The monthly magazine “Nakayoshi” will feature the manga artist of Naoko Takeuchi as she commemorates the 25th anniversary of her manga Sailor Moon. As well as an animation series that has been a sensation in more than 40 countries, a manga series, musicals and numerous collaborations, the fame just keeps on coming!

    Further information on the atractions and opening days will be released on a later date. For now, all we can do is wait for more updates!




    Universal Cool Japan 2018
    Event period:
    【Part 1】19th January 2018(Friday)~ 24th June 2018(Sunday)
    【Part 2】Limited period event from spring 2018

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