Last week, Square Enix told fans that they will be celebrating Final Fantasy‘s 30th anniversary all throughout next year with mysterious unannounced events. All we were given at the time was a promise for more information to come soon. Square has made good on that promise and revealed that there will be an opening ceremony, aptly titled “Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Opening Ceremony.” This ceremony will take place on January 31st in Roppongi, Tokyo and promises to detail some of the upcoming events. If that date sounds at all familiar to you, that is because it is actually the 20th anniversary of when Final Fantasy VII launched in Japan.
Whether or not there is a connection between the date chosen and what might be revealed at the ceremony is still speculation at this point (perhaps a Final Fantasy VII Remake launch date reveal? Please?), two other events were revealed alongside the ceremony. During the Sapporo Snow Festival, a festival taking place in Hokkaido on February 6th through the 12th, an ice sculpture depicting the final battle between Cloud and Sephiroth, also aptly titled as “Final Battle! Snow Final Fantasy,” will be displayed. The sculpture will apparently feature special effects including 7.1 surround sound. For anyone who might be hanging out on Japan’s northern island this February, it might prove to be a pretty cool event to check out.
Finally, a concert series of Bra Bra Final Fantasy Brass De Bravo featuring the Siena Wind Orchestra and Nobuo Uematsu will tour across Japan for eighteen separate shows. The first concert will take place on April 2nd at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. For those who do not know, Bra Bra Final Fantasy Brass De Bravo is a series of rearrangements for popular Final Fantasy pieces that puts more emphasis on brass and wind instruments.
As a last note, Square Enix will be allowing 200 fans into the opening ceremony event on January 31st. Admission will be free sans whatever travel expenses one might need to expend in order to get to Tokyo, but you must register here in order to be considered (keep in mind, this is a Japanese link).
Do any of the announced events excite you? Do you think there is a reason the opening ceremony takes place on Final Fantasy VII‘s anniversary? Let us know in the comments below!