Yesterday, Square Enix, the makers of the famed Final Fantasy franchise announced that it will be releasing completely remastered anniversary editions of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II exclusively for the Sony PlayStation Portable. These two special editions will be released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Final Fantasy franchise which has a huge fan following till date.
It is interesting to know that Final Fantasy was first released in Japan way back in 1987, where it was hailed by gamers as one of the first Role Playing Games to create a fantasy world.
Till date there have been around 28 console, one and handheld Final Fantasy games released. Two CG-animated films and 49 music soundtracks of the Final Fantasy series were also released. The Final Fantasy mania has indeed become a global phenomenon and has even generated its own subculture in countries like Japan.
According to executive producer, Shinji Hashimoto, “So much has changed within the video game industry since the first console was launched, and Final Fantasy has always pushed the envelope, creating the most advanced graphics and immersive storylines possible. It is amazing to see how far Final Fantasy has come in the past twenty years, and we cannot wait to continue bringing fans more Final Fantasy titles in the next twenty years.”
The all new anniversary editions of the Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II game titles for the PSP feature new character art, updated graphics, new dungeons, full 16:9 widescreen presentation and an updated camera view that gives players a new view point.
In FINAL FANTASY, the tale begins when four young warriors, each possessing a Crystal, are summoned to bring the world back to a harmonious elemental balance. During their voyage, they discover a nefarious entity has created turmoil in the structure of time in order to take control of the world, causing the heroes to travel to places they never imagined possible.
In FINAL FANTASY II, a malevolent emperor has called upon monsters from a demonic realm to take over the world, ending what seemed to be an eternal period of peace. Thousands of lives succumb to their attacks, leaving many children orphaned. From the destruction rise four young survivors who will take it upon themselves to stop the merciless ruler and avenge the death of their parents.
The anniversary edition of Final Fantasy for the PSP game system is expected to ship to retailers on June 26, 2007. Final Fantasy II for the PSP will ship to retailers on July 24, 2007. These games will cost $29.99 each.