Yesterday Konami celebrated Metal Gear’s 25th Anniversary. Today, Square-Enix gets to celebrate the quater-centennial of their own flagship franchise. Square is notorious for using any reason they can to re-release old games, but this time it kind of makes sense: for FF’s big 25th birthday, they’re re-releasing Final Fantasies 1 – 13 in one massive collection.
The giant collection includes the PS1 ports of Final Fantasy 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6, each printed on individual PS1 CD’s. The version of Final Fantasy 3 in the collection is a UMD of the recently released PSP port of the DS remake. The special 4 disc International Version of Final Fantasy 7 is included as well, as are the original versions of Final Fantasy 8 and 9, which are also four discs each. Final Fantasy 10, 11, 12 all come on separate PS2 DVD’s, and the version of 11 in the collection comes with all of the game’s expansions. Finally, a blu-ray copy of Final Fantasy XIII for PS3 rounds out the collection. All the games in the collection feature new disc art by former FF character designer and acclaimed artist Yoshitaka Amano.
In addition to the games, a number of bonus items are included: a 2 CD soundtrack with music spanning Final Fantasy’s 25 year history, a collection of videos about each game in the series, an art book, and a special code that Final Fantasy XIV players can input into the game to get a unique rare item.
The whole package is currently only scheduled for release in Japan, where it will retail for ¥35,000 (at current exchange rates, that’s about $450 US.) It’s certainly the ultimate collection for diehard Final Fantasy fans (even if the PS1 versions of the earlier FF’s included in the box aren’t the best versions of those games,) and I’m sure there are plenty of FF fanboys out there willing to pay almost half-a-grand to import this beast.