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FFXII London launch report

Date: 2007 February 25th Sunday [14:36] | Posted By: Joe

Friday 23rd of February 2007 was the official launch day of Final Fantasy XII in the UK (and the rest of Europe). The PS2 game has generated a lot of buzz in fandom. To celebrate Square Enix had teamed up with HMV to hold a launch event at their flagship HMV store on Oxford Street, central London. The first people to buy the game at 9am were able to collect special wrists bands which would in turn let them queue to meet makers of Final Fantasy XII, Akitoshi Kawazu (executive producer) and Hiroshi Minagawa (director).

The event was attended by at least 500 fans, all eager to get their games autographed. It was hosted by an MC and various questions were asked, the most important of which was regarding the PS3 technical demo, based around Final Fantasy VII, both guests mentioned that they were considering producing a full version of the game for the PS3, however it's still early days yet, so we can't really confirm anything solid.
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Lots of fans turned up to the event many of which were in cosplay, three lucky winners had been selected and were on stage during the interview of the FFXII creators. They were also interviewed by the press and were enthusiastic about the new Final Fantasy game and the cosplay scene in the UK.

FFXII UK Launch Cosplay Winners
Cosplay competition winners, (from left to right Rachel Nobes, Hollie Bennett and Emma Campbell).

FFXII UK Launch Game Creators
The HMV MC interviews the producer Akitoshi Kawazu (on the left) and director Hiroshi Minagawa (on the right), behind them was a jumbo screen playing promotional video from the game on a loop.

FFXII UK Launch Fans waiting eagerly
Fans eagerly watching the interview, awaiting to meet the creators and get their games autographed.

FFXII UK Launch Fans get their game covers and offical guides signed.
Fans get their game covers and offical guides signed.

FFXII UK Launch Any cosplayer wearing this would win a lot of competitions! ^_^
Any cosplayer wearing this would win a lot of competitions! ^_^

FFXII UK Launch Professonal Cosplayer Emily dresses up as Yuffie from FFVII
Professonal Cosplayer Emily dresses up as Yuffie from FFVII.

FFXII UK Launch The Moogle plush toy given away to the first 100 people at the event.
The Moogle plush toy given away to the first 100 people at the event.

FFXII UK Launch Special Limited Edition Sound track for the event.
Limited Edition Sound track for the event. Given out to the first 300 fans to attend the event.

The atmosphere of the event was great and the turn out was larger than I expected, as it was a Friday lunch time, and not a holiday or weekend. It was well organised.

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