It was one of the surprising announcements at the fair: the popular role-playing game Final Fantasy 7 will be adapted as a board game. The distributor Hobby Japan could not elicit much more. Square Enix will develop the game itself.

A little surprise awaited role-playing fans at the Hobby Japan stand: small because it was easy to overlook. Only on a poster one announced on the GAME in Essen announced that a board game based on the revised role-playing classic Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be released: "Soon", as it was called on paper. 

Final Fantasy: Board Game is made in-house

According to the poster, it will be an original board game, whatever that means. Presumably one simply means the license, anyway the title is created internally at Square Enix. The video game developer thus holds his hand directly over the bed game adaptation. Experience with the brand is therefore naturally available, after all, the Final Fantasy franchise has been managed for decades. 

Why will the board game be about Final Fantasy 7? That's completely open. However, it is conceivable that it could be a cooperative board game in which players slip into the roles of the various characters from the role-playing offshoot, such as Cloud Strife or Tifa. "Original Boardgame" may also indicate that the game will be adapted as a table game in its original state, i.e. based on the classic design - but this in turn would conflict with the explicit announcement as a "Final Fantasy 7 Remake" board game. 

Information is scarce or non-existent. There is also no release date. "Coming soon" at least indicates that fans don't have to wait too long. 

In the same vein, Square Enix has announced another parlor game, Chocobo's Dungeon. It is slated to hit the market in 2023. The title is based on the eponymous mystery dungeon video game series about the cute (and yellow) mounts in the Final Fantasy universe. There is no noteworthy information on this either. However, it can be assumed that the game will take up the original concept: It could therefore primarily be about tactical battles in possibly randomly generated game environments. Similar ideas have long existed in the board game segment: players compete against enemies in dungeons laid out with tiles, collect equipment and make their way through dungeons of varying difficulty. The game could therefore be based on a more classic dungeon crawler. 

Square Enix's portfolio has long included board games based on the publisher's popular franchises, including Tomb Raider. Probably the most popular title so far has been the trading card game for Final Fantasy, which was first released exclusively in Japan and years later in other parts of the world.

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