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Final Fantasy VII Day has been officially registered in Japan to celebrate the anniversary of the game.
The recognition marks the anniversary of the original game’s release on PlayStation. As of 2022, it has sold almost 14 million copies.
In a message sharing his thoughts on the registration of the day, Final Fantasy VII director Yoshinori Kitase wrote: “The 31st of January 1997, the day that Final Fantasy VII came out, was not just a significant day for the Final Fantasy series, but also marked when so many big things started moving for those of us who worked on the game.
“I remember being overwhelmed at the breakneck speed with which video game technology was evolving, but also dreaming big things for the future.
“With the establishment of this official anniversary day, I will now always remember these things, and hold them dearly in my heart.”
The next part in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake trilogy will be titled Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.
As confirmed during the Final Fantasy 7 25th anniversary stream last year, Part 2 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 5 this winter.
According to a statement attributed to Final Fantasy VII Rebirth creative director Tetsuya Nomura, the sequel is being designed so that people can enjoy it “whether they know the original game or not.”
In an interview with Famitsu, creative director Tetsuya Nomura and producer Yoshinori Kitase explained that the development team was for unsure for a while how many instalments would be required to retell the entire story.