Bahamut, Final Fantasy Descend on Yokohama
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Final Fantasy's iconic dragon might be heading to the disco next weekend in Shibuya, but he's spending this weekend terrorizing Yokohama. Square Enix is putting on a projection mapping show to promote Final Fantasy XIV starring Bahamut himself. The event is also part of a larger 30th anniversary campaign for the game series.
The projection runs for about 12 minutes and is projected against the Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel five times a day. Bahamut appears an impressive 98m by 80m (321 ft by 262ft).
A rehearsal screening was open to the press on Friday. Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida was attendance. He told the crowd that the projection mapping has actually been in the works for about two years but it took awhile to hammer down where to hold the event before deciding on Minato Mirai. Idol Miyu Koike, a regular on the "Final Fantasy 14 Channel" live program, also attended the screening.
The Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary collaborations also include the "Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia" flag projection mapping at Queen's Square Yokohama. That projection began on May 29 and will end on Sunday. Starting on Saturday, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and Mobius Final Fantasy bento boxes will go on sale until June 16. The Yokohama Doll Museum will host an exhibition of out-of-print and rare Final Fantasy Play Arts figures starting on June 24. The museum shop is currently selling collaboration merchandise.
The Tōkyū Tōyoko train line is getting a Final Fantasy overhaul with trains wrapped in Yoshitaka Amano artwork and game advertisements throughout the stations.
[Via Inside 4 All Gamers, Video via Dengeki Online]