Do Trademarks Predict Final Fantasy Future?

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The Final Fantasy video game series is approaching its 35th anniversary in June 2022. The games are produced by Square Enix and first premiered in Japan in 1987. Since then, Square Enix has released about one game per year, in total selling over 150 million units.

Recent Japanese trademark applications shed some light on what is in store for the next installments. While Square Enix has confirmed Final Fantasy XVI is in the works, fans have also noticed that Square Enix has filed trademark applications relating to the Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade game, which has already been released on select platforms. This is particularly noteworthy as it is also the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII.

Just this month, Square Enix filed applications for "Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade," "Labyrinth Striker," and "Final Bar Line" marks in Japan. These marks have left fans speculating whether the remake could be expanded to include a rhythm component or some other musical element like the related Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory game, or even be released on nontypical platforms like Xbox and Steam.

Regardless of what the marks indicate, fans of the series are excited to see what is in store. Square Enix continues to innovate and develop one of the most popular video game franchises in history and these trademark applications give a glimpse into the future of the Final Fantasy series.