‘Final Fantasy’ Franchise Is Gearing Up: News On Live-Action Movies, Remakes, And Expansion Packs

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The Final Fantasy (FF) franchise is giving another treat for its fans! 

Last June 27, Sony Pictures Television has announced a partnership with Hivemind Films and Square Enix to develop a Final Fantasy XIV (FF XIV) live-action adaptation. 

This is the first live-action adaptation created for the video game saga. Sony’s Co-President Chris Parnell says, “Final Fantasy XIV and Eorzea are the perfect gateways into Final Fantasy for longtime fans and newcomers alike.” 

Limited information was given on what to expect for this new series. What’s known is that it has an original storyline that is set in the world of Eorzea. Mythological creatures such as airships, chocobos, and beastmen, are set to be seen. All of these creatures are unique to the video game series. A recurring character in the Final Fantasy saga named Cid is also included.

Final Fantasy XIV was first released in 2010. However, it was poorly received and widely criticized by fans and critics. Square Enix re-released the game with the title Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn in 2015, and that one’s a success.

The game now has three expansion packs. Heavensward and Stormblood was the first and second expansion released in 2015 and 2017, respectively. The third expansion pack titled Shadowbringers is set to release on July 2, 2019. 

There was no release date shared for the new live-action series during the announcement. 

Square Enix is the game developer and publisher of the mega-hit game series Final Fantasy. Hivemind Films is a modern production company who is responsible for Amazon’s The Expanse and the upcoming The Witcher Netflix series.

More Final Fantasy News 

Aside from the news of live-action series development, fans of the FF video game series have been getting lots of good news lately. In the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Square Enix gave a preview of the Final Fantasy VII (FF VII) Remake, and announcements on Final Fantasy VIII (FF VIII) Remastered for the latest generation consoles and FF XIV‘s latest expansion pack. 

Released in 1997, FF VII is the most famous and the highest selling game in the video game franchise. The idea of FF VII‘s remake started in 2005 when Sony showed a technical demo, using FF VII’s characters and storyline, for its promotion of PlayStation 3. When fans demanded more, Square Enix and Sony decided to push through with it. 

The FF VII remake was originally announced last E3 2015. Since then, fans of the seventh installment have been waiting. On FF VII‘s 20th anniversary, the game’s key visual for the remake was released. Finally, in E3, aside from the preview shared, Square Enix announced that the game will be released on March 3, 2020.

Following the success of FF VII, Final Fantasy VIII was released in 1999. It was the first game of the franchise that had 3D graphics and pre-rendered backgrounds. Square Enix partnered with DotEmu, a video game developer and publisher based in Paris, for the game’s remastering. Before the year ends, fans of the 8th installment will get the game’s version with high-definition graphics, that can be played in PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Last but not the least, Square Enix also announced the released date for the third expansion of FF XIV: Shadowbringers. The company showed its full trailer as well.

First Final Fantasy Movies and Series

The announced live-action adaptation of FF XIV is not the first time Final Fantasy was brought into the TV and film format. 

In 1994, Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals was released as a four-episode original video animation (OVA) as a sequel to the video game Final Fantasy V

The next film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was the first stand-alone feature film of the series, released in the US in July 2001.

Continuing the success of FF VII, a film titled Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was released in 2005. It was a feature-length film that was part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series. The other movies were Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete

Aside from these computer-generated films, a Final Fantasy XIV TV series was released in Netflix titled Dad of Light. It is an eight-part series that explores the relationship of a father and his son. For his father’s retirement, the son gifts him a PlayStation and FF XIV. The pair reconnect when the son befriends his father anonymously within the FF XIV game. 

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