Back on June 10th and 11th, Square Enix hosted a definitely spectacular Final Fantasy XIV projection mapping event on the giant facade of the InterContinental Yokohama Grand hotel in Yokohama, Japan. Final Fantasy, which is the most popular Japanese Role-Playing Game series with over 130 million games sold around the world, celebrates its 30th anniversary.
As part of the Final Fantasy 30th anniversary celebration, Square Enix brought its flagship series to life with a Final Fantasy XIV projection mapping of epic proportions. The title was called “Assault from primal Bahamut.” Audiences were treated to a free spectacle which made use of the 140 meter wall of the hotel as a humongous screen.
The show unfolded with an initial tribute to the entire Final Fantasy series, followed by the introduction of a ragtag team of adventurers: the reliable paladin, a mysterious black mage, the stalwart dragoon, and a cute little white mage. Before long, the ominous presence of the primal dragon, Bahamut, made itself known by razing the entire city! Our heroes rallied to take down this immense force of evil. In the face of certain defeat, our heroes fought valiantly and finally managed to seal the evil dragon away into the depths of time. The show lasted about 12 minutes, but time flew by in an instant.
The projection target of the projection mapping was the biggest in Japan. Producer Yoshida said, “Because of the large scale of the event, we worried quite a lot about the location but the hotel in Minato Mirai District worked with us to make it a reality.”
Planning for the projection mapping began two years ago, and actual production took his team more than half a year to complete.