It’s 2017! Happy New Year, everyone! Here are some of the cards and messages shared across the games industry.
Ace Combat 7
— ACE COMBAT (@PROJECT_ACES) December 31, 2016
Animal Crossing Series
— どうぶつの森【公式】 (@doubutsuno_mori) January 1, 2017
— アトラス公式アカウント (@Atlus_jp) December 31, 2016
m_ _m pic.twitter.com/eijJH7Fyb2
— ブレイブリーセカンド (@BDFF_OFFICIAL) December 31, 2016
The team at CD PROJEKT RED would like to wish you a Happy New Year! pic.twitter.com/LkHVOqD2k1
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) December 31, 2016
— D3 PUBLISHER (@D3_PUBLISHER) December 31, 2016
— デジモンゲーム公式アカウント (@Digimon_game) January 1, 2017
Earth Defense Force 5
— 地球防衛軍(EDF)公式 (@EDF_OFFICIAL) December 31, 2016
— やまもん (@Yamamon) December 31, 2016
A card drawn by Riri Sagara. Also available in wallpaper form.
A message from director Hajime Tabata.
Happy New Year!
In 2016, we were able to deliver Final Fantasy XV to everyone at long last.
We were able to accomplish the goals we set out to achieve, such as subtitles for 12 languages, 4 fully voiced languages, and a global simultaneous release date.
By creating a full CG movie, we provided a new experience of enjoying a movie and a game as a set to the world.
By creating and distributing a cell animation, we were able to realize a new way for everyone to get to know the game characters.
By releasing a mini-game as a mobile app, we were able to bridge the real world to the game world.
We, the Final Fantasy XV team, were able to achieve these things because of the warm and strong support of our fans.
I have decided that 2017 is a year of giving back to everyone for their kindness.
There are many players enjoying Final Fantasy XV in various ways, and nothing makes us happier than this.
To provide a long-lasting and even more enjoyable experience with Final Fantasy XV for everyone, we will continue to update the game and release DLC.
We ask for your continued support for Final Fantasy XV in 2017.
Director, Final Fantasy XV
Happy New Year! We hope to make 2017 a great year for us to take a new step forward. Thank you for the continuous support. pic.twitter.com/f11SH18AvW
— genDESIGN (@genDESIGN_Inc) January 5, 2017
God Eater Series
A tweet from series producer Yusuke Tomizawa.
For those awaiting new God Eater-related developments, I think that we’ll be able provide various updates this year. First, please look forward to the seventh anniversary in February, during which we are preparing the opportunity to communicate to everyone.
The God Eater official Twitter account confirms we’ll get more news this year on the new God Eater console project and God Eater Online.
— グランブルーファンタジー (@granbluefantasy) December 31, 2016
Gravity Rush 2
A message (in Japanese) from creative director Keiichiro Toyama.
— しあわせ荘の管理人さん。公式ツイッター (@happymanager_) December 31, 2016
Horizon: Zero Dawn
— gunvolt_official (@GunvoltOfficial) December 31, 2016
— 星のカービィ25周年 (@Kirby25thJP) January 1, 2017
Happy new year! pic.twitter.com/XNvQgksNvZ
— Kojima Productions (@KojiPro2015_EN) December 31, 2016
Kowloon’s Gate VR
— クーロンズゲート@VR公式 (@kowloonsgate_vr) December 31, 2016
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Happy New Year ! pic.twitter.com/kQDKEzAt37
— ゼルダの伝説 (@ZeldaOfficialJP) January 1, 2017
— レベルファイブ (@LEVEL5_times) January 5, 2017
Happy New Year from everyone at LittleBigPlanet! Here's wishing you all a fantastic 2017! pic.twitter.com/L9EQH9imBZ
— LittleBigPlanet (@LittleBigPlanet) January 1, 2017
— めがみめぐり（公式） (@megami_capcom) January 1, 2017
Monster Hunter Stories
Monster Hunter XX
Lao-Shan Lung confirmed as a monster appearing in the game.
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) December 31, 2016
A special wallpaper.
— ω-Force（オメガフォース）公式 (@omega_force_kt) December 31, 2016
— プレイステーション公式 (@PlayStation_jp) January 1, 2017
Senran Kagura Series
— 高木 謙一郎 ©閃乱カグラ５周年 (@kenichiro_taka) December 31, 2016
SG/ZH School Girl/Zombie Hunter
— スクールガールゾンビハンター(SGZH) (@SGZH_official) December 31, 2016
A message from creator Yu Suzuki.
Happy New Year!
New Year’s Greetings Everyone!
We hope you are having a holiday season. The development of Shenmue III has stepped into its second year, and our team is in high spirits.
Without your support, we would have been able to make it this far. We thank you again for all you have done to make Shenmue III a reality.
We look forward to continuing our journey with you in 2017, and wish you a wonderful year ahead.
From Yu Suzuki and the Shenmue III Team
— G-Mantle (ゲーマント） (@SNKPofficial) December 28, 2016
Sonic the Hedgehog
All new year, same old archenemy. pic.twitter.com/7CJ2lZt1bf
— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) December 31, 2016
— Splatoon（スプラトゥーン） (@SplatoonJP) December 22, 2016
A letter from Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
A year of major opportunities in entertainment contents
2016 saw advances in digital technology that vastly expanded the avenues for creative expression in the world of entertainment, giving rise to the potential for generating a variety of new contents. I expect that potential to lead to major opportunities for our Group in 2017.
2016: A year of technological innovation
In 2016, global smartphone sales reached 1.5 billion units1, with smartphone ownership in Japan extending to over 67% of the population2. As these figures demonstrate, the smartphone has become an essential communication tool that is firmly entrenched in our daily lives. It has also come to be used as a versatile gaming console. Not to be outshone by such multipurpose devices, dedicated game consoles have also generated increasing demand, with the PlayStation 4 surpassing 50 million units in worldwide sales faster than any previous PlayStation console and sales of the Xbox One also demonstrating sharp growth, especially in North America.
In addition, 2016 also marked the dawn of VR and AR technologies. VR devices expected to deliver new gaming experiences were brought to market, and a variety of VR contents were rolled out. 2016 was also a year in which we saw the potential for the fusion of powerful IP with new technologies to give rise to new experiences and for major successes to be born of such combinations. Moreover, future-defining technologies and services such as IoT and AI also drew considerable attention in 2016.
Our Group also released a rich variety of contents that leveraged our key existing and new IP while also taking advantage of the features of a wide range of platforms. We also moved forward with research and development efforts into new fields such as VR and AR and were able to share some of the results of those envelope-pushing initiatives.
Creating contents via new avenues of expression
These sweeping developments will impact the entertainment contents business in a variety of ways. The diversification and proliferation of entertainment content delivery platforms brought about by technological innovation are a boon for contents providers such as ourselves. By leveraging new technologies and providing new experiences, we can not only breathe new life into existing contents, but also generate new contents thanks to the new avenues through which our creators are able to exercise their talents.
Advancements in VR, AR, AI, and other technologies significantly broaden the potential of digital contents, in part by enabling the depiction of broader ranges of emotions and more complex human relationships. Such technological advancements represent major opportunities for our Group to generate richer entertainment contents. In 2017, we will continue to keep pace with the changing times and environment, and in the face of constantly evolving technology, always strive to create contents that our customers will love.
2017 will also mark the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy. We have a variety of plans in place to commemorate this milestone just as we did last year for the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest. Please look forward to what we have in store as our signature IP franchises continue to evolve.
We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you the best in the new year.
President and Representative Director,
Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
Happy New Year! pic.twitter.com/Po4uGgoWwa
— Street Fighter (@StreetFighter) January 1, 2017
Tales of Zestiria the X
— テイルズチャンネル＋ (@tales_ch) December 31, 2016
Oh the things I'm gonna show you in 2017… pic.twitter.com/04LFqfa97O
— Team Meat (@SuperMeatBoy) January 1, 2017
Toraware no Palm
— 囚われのパルマ（公式）＠好評配信中！ (@Palm_capcom) January 1, 2017
— 刀剣乱舞-本丸通信-【公式】 (@tkrb_ht) January 1, 2017
— ヴァルキュリアプロジェクト公式アカウント (@valkyria_sega) January 1, 2017
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2
— 魔女と百騎兵２@公式 (@majo100_2) December 31, 2016
World of Final Fantasy
— ワールド オブ ファイナルファンタジー (@woff_jp) January 1, 2017
今年も Xbox を、どうぞよろしくおねがいいたします。みなさまにとって、良い年となりますように…? pic.twitter.com/ppXrwYoZpx
— Xbox Japan (@Xbox_JP) December 31, 2016