Rumor: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Ep 1, FF Collection Releasing in 2017

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2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy and a new rumor suggests Square Enix will be celebrating with the first episode of Final Fantasy VII: Remake and lots more.

In late 1987 the original Final Fantasy released in Japan and kicked off one of the most epic RPG franchises of all-time. It has been 29 years since the launch of the first installment and fans are still busy exploring the latest adventure in Final Fantasy 15. According to a recent leak, there will be even more celebrating in 2017 as Square Enix starts the official 30th anniversary party.

Sources at vgleaks suggest that Square Enix has a very ambitious line of products coming in the next year. These reports have not been confirmed by Square yet (nor does vgleaks share its source), so take this info with a heavy dose of salt. For the main Final Fantasy releases in 2017, the source claims that Square Enix will launch the Final Fantasy VII: Remake (first episode) and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

That is already a lot more excitement than Final Fantasy fans are used to receiving in one year, but the report suggests that is just the time of the iceberg. The rumor goes on to suggest that Square Enix will also release the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy on PS4 in 2017.

"The bundle will include Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and Lightning Returns on separate discs to be enjoined in 1080p and 60fps."

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As if that's not enough, the rumor also claims that there will be a Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Collection released in 2017 for PS4 and PS Vita. This collection will feature loads of content including Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and IX. Here are the rest of the Anniversary Collection details according to the source...

  • It will include two versions of Final Fantasy I to VI: original versions from NES/SNES and modern ports (mostly mobile ports)
  • FF VII to XI will be based only in newest ports
  • Final Fantasy II and III from NES will receive an official English translation (first time)
  • Games will be based on Japanese versions, therefore we will be able to play parts that were cut out when games were released overseas
  • Graphical censorship included in some titles when they were released outside Japan will remain
  • The collection will have a built-in art gallery and a sound test menu to play songs from games included
  • This compilation will include just main Final Fantasy titles (I to IX)

The report goes on to detail three variations of the Anniversary Collection. As fans might expect, it looks like there will be a limited edition collector's version to fight over...

  • Regular version: games and poster
  • 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
  • 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.

    If all of this is true, then Final Fantasy fans are in for a ridiculously busy and exciting year. 2017 is just around the corner, so stay on standby for an official confirmation from Square Enix about some, or all, of these products. Check back here for updates.

    What do you think of the rumored anniversary plans? Let us know in the comments.

    Final Fantasy 15 is currently available for PS4 and Xbox One. There are no official release dates for the upcoming Final Fantasy releases.

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