The short film/commercial centers on a young businessman (Masataka Kubota) who has never played the original FFVII. He comes across a copy of the game in his wife’s (Misato Morita) belongings, but the lack of a PlayStation console stops him from being able to play the game. The people around him continue to discuss the game, including his superiors at work, his wife’s retelling of her memories of playing the game with her now-estranged brother and even a super fan (Tetsuji Tmayama) who explains the game’s importance. By the end of the visual, the businessman and his wife decide to buy a PS4 in order to catch up on what he’s been missing on the last 22 years.
Clocking in at seven minutes long (with a special 13-minute cut), the visual aired during an annual 27-hour block programming hosted by Beat Takashi. It currently holds the record as the longest commercial to ever air on Japanese television.
The original FFVII was released in 1997 for the first PlayStation console. It has since then become one of the most successful and revered video games of all time, not only within the Final Fantasy franchise but in the history of gaming.
Watch the ad above. The Final Fantasy VII Remake comes out March 3, 2020.
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