I am writing this at 7:45am.. Today is upon us, finally the game I’ve waited for since 2006 will be delivered to my door. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this. I’ve been coaching myself to be ready for the fact that I may not be able to play it when it is finally here, I am working today and much of the week, and work vastly effects my energy levels. Possibly because of this I feel like the excitement hasn’t quite crept to the surface yet… but I’m sure it will.
I remember seeing the very first trailer when it was announced in 2006. Hailed as a darker installment in the final Fantasy series, and headed up by the development team behind kingdom Hearts, one of my favourite game series of all time, I was buzzing. And the trailer had the Kingdom Hearts Mark all over it. Amazing music written by one of my idols Yoko Shimomura, it was amazing and it sparked something inside of me. Director Hajime Tabata has worked on games such as Crisis Core Final Fantasy which I loved. Producer Shinji Hashimoto is the creator of Kingdom Hearts I am in awe of this. Writer Kazushige Nojima has written for many final Fantasy series including 7, 8, 10, Crisis Core and Kingdom Hearts. He also wrote the lyrics for Suteki Da Ne which is one of my favourite songs. Music written by Yoko Shimomura as I mentioned a real true hero of mine and character designs by Tetsuya Nomura. A real dream team for me.
But years went by and nothing, no info no mentions no nothing. After years passed I began to come to terms with the fact that this game may never see the Light of Day.
So along comes e3 2013 and I’m looking forward to seeing new information on the new consoles and some games as well. I was not prepared for What Hit me straight in the heart that year. Out of nowhere there was a trailer for final Fantasy versus XIII.. it was alive! And not only that they were giving it its own proper number. I couldn’t believe it I was astounded. What with the announcement of another game I thought would never come to pass, Kingdom Hearts III, I cried at e3 that year, tears were shed.
I’ve changed a whole lot in 10 years. Heck I went back to college, went to uni, rented my first place and now am the proud owner of my own home. I now have the family I always longed for, a loving fiancee and dog. I have finally been recognised by doctors and am getting the help I need. I am a very different person from the girl I remember drawing Noctis all those years ago.
And now this morning I’ve just woken up to an email from Square Enix store telling me that this game is on its way to my house right now. Is being a journey. I can’t really get a reading on how I feel right now but I just can’t tell how I’m going to feel when that box lands into my hands. Actually I’m tearing up just talking about it..!