Oh boy, this is one heck of a rumour. According to VGLeaks - a site that's been hit and miss in the past with its information leaks - Square Enix has a huge year lined up to celebrate Final Fantasy's 30th anniversary. And by huge, we mean absolutely massive - like, probably too massive for this rumour to be entirely true. Still, we won't pass judgement just yet - take a look for yourself and see what you think.
Okay, so apparently, the first part of Final Fantasy VII Remake - which has been confirmed to be an episodic release to some extent - will launch at some point next year. Our initial reaction is that this is entirely possible, depending on how far into development the game actually is. With Final Fantasy XV now out of the way after so many years, it makes that Square Enix would look to forge ahead with its future plans for the franchise.
However, the publication goes on to say that the Japanese company has something else in store - namely a Final Fantasy XIII trilogy collection. That's Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII all bundled into one PlayStation 4 package in 2017. Again, it's something that we think could happen, but would Square Enix really release it in the same year as Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final Fantasy VII Remake? That's starting to seem like overkill to us.
By this point, this rumour is already looking a little shaky, but for us, its credibility goes out the window with the supposed Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Collection. According to the source, this collection will include - brace yourself - Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX all on one package on both PS4 and Vita. Now, that's surely way too good to be true, isn't it? Square Enix knows full well that it can get away with releasing one game at a time for around £15 - we're looking at you, Final Fantasy VII on PS4 - so why would it bundle so many beloved titles into one collection? We just don't see it - and if it does somehow turn out to be true, then we guess that we owe the often clueless publisher some credit.
So, in summary, 2017 will apparently see the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy, and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Collection alongside the already confirmed Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. A touch too much? We reckon so.
But what do you think of this one? Do you believe? Do you want to believe? Have a good long ponder in the comments section below.