Final Fantasy VII first launched for the original PlayStation on January 31, 1997 in Japan, which is 26 years ago today (it is already January 31 in Japan).
Here is a message from Final Fantasy VII director and Final Fantasy VII Remake project producer Yoshinori Kitase on the game’s 26th anniversary:
The 31st of January 1997, the day that Final Fantasy VII came out, was not just a significant day for the Final Fantasy series, but also marked when so many big things started moving for those of us who worked on the game.
I remember being overwhelmed at the breakneck speed with which video game technology was evolving, but also dreaming big things for the future.
With the establishment of this official anniversary day, I will now always remember these things, and hold them dearly in my heart.
Director, Final Fantasy VII
Producer, Final Fantasy VII Remake project